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I suffer from bipolar disorder. My dr is going to use lithium alone & we are going to wean off lamictal & tegretol one at a time. Which to wean 1st?

I suffer from bipolar disorder. My dr is going to use lithium alone & we are going to wean off lamictal & tegretol one at a time. Which to wean 1st?

Ask your Dr: There can be different strategies in weaning off medications and it can be very specific to the individual. Your Dr is the best person to give this advice, and should give you specific instructions on how quickly to era off the meds. He may want to taper you off both meds slowly or one at a time, but each person is unique, and your Dr knows your history best to make that decision. ...Read more

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Weaning of tegretol can cause what symptoms?

Weaning of tegretol can cause what symptoms?

Depends: What happens when you wean likely depends on why you were prescribed tegretol, so for example, if it was for pain, the pain might return. If for seizures, they might recur. You might feel agitated or more alert, depending on how it affected you. Discuss with the practitioner who prescribed for you in the first place. ...Read more

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Iam on dilanta 100mg 3 times a day how can I wean off of it and go on tegretol without any pains?

Iam on dilanta 100mg 3 times a day how can I wean off of it and go on tegretol without any pains?

Why on dilantin?: Dilantin is most often used for seizure and rarely used for pain control. Why do you need to change? If using for seizure, should take about 5-6 doses of tegretol, then can stop dilantin. If using for pain, no need to wean. Anyhow, it is best to consult doc who has been treating you because he/she knows your condition better than any of us here. Good luck and happy new year. ...Read more

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Dr. Discussing slowly weaning me off 150 lamictal & 600 tegretol for bipolar and replacing with lithium...is lithium a safe replacement?

Dr. Discussing slowly weaning me off 150 lamictal & 600 tegretol for bipolar and replacing with lithium...is lithium a safe replacement?

A safe replacement: Lithium is a widely used and relatively safe drug for the treatment of bipolar disease. It should be used under the guidance of a physician knowledgeable in the use of the drug. It should be used in conjunction with regular blood test to determine the lithium level in your system and adjusted accordingly. The direct answer to your question is Yes, it is a safe replacement. ...Read more

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I want to get pregnant but I am on Tegretol for epilepsy. I have been taking it for 2 y and want to get off. How do I wean off?

I want to get pregnant but I am on Tegretol for epilepsy. I have been taking it for 2 y and want to get off. How do I wean off?

See your doctor: It's excellent that you understand the potential of pregnancy complications with medications. Seizures can also be problematic in patients who are pregnant as well, so it would be best to seek advice for an appropriate MD who can help with transitioning you during this time. Good luck. ...Read more

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How safe is Tegretol?

How safe is Tegretol?

Tegretol: Common are nausea, headache, rash, ataxia, anemia, effect on liver. Safe if monitor blood levels & other metabolic parameters. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: carbamazepine?

Please describe the medication: carbamazepine?

Tegretol: This is an anti-seizure medication. It is also effective in face pain (trigeminal neuralgia) and mood disorders. ...Read more

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How does tegretol affect sleep?

How does tegretol affect sleep?

Many side affects: Tegretol is a drug associated with many side effects and among them is drowsinessw ...Read more

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What're the side effects of tegretol on sleep?

What're the side effects of tegretol on sleep?

Can be sedating: Usually have seen drowsiness and/ or dizziness, and may actually enhance sleep pattern, BUT have also seen paradoxical reactions causing insomnia and agitation, especially in the elderly. ...Read more

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Is tegretol an effective way to treat face pain?

Is tegretol an effective way to treat face pain?

Yes: Tegretol is the first line treatment for trigeminal neuralgia. It can also be helpful for other neuropathic pain syndromes. ...Read more

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Can tegretol be considered an antipsychotic drug?

No: Tegretol is an anticonvulsant drug. It's also used as a mood stabilizing medication, often in concert with an antipsychotic medication. ...Read more

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What's tegretol and why would I get it for face pain?

What's tegretol and why would I get it for face pain?

Trigeminal Neuralgia: Tegretol an antiepileptic drug frequently used in the management of trigeminal neuralgia and other facial neuropathic pain. The Tegretol exerts its effect by preventing an influx of sodium ions into the cell. ...Read more

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How often is blood test needed for child on tegretol?

How often is blood test needed for child on tegretol?

Probably often early: In adults, because of adverse affects, like temporary loss of blood platelets, blood testing is done frequently during the first few months, and them 3-4 times a year. It is important to know that stable concentrations of this drug are attained 2 to 3 weeks after it is started. Being that this is a child, the dosage and testing may be different but similar. See your doctor for details. ...Read more

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How can I deal with the somnolence caused by tegretol?

Tegretol side FX: If tegretol is causing excessive somnolence, it may be helpful to reduce the dose, or to use an alternative. In your history there are symptoms of poor sleeping and breathing difficulty. Could these be a factor also? Sometimes the two of these are related to a condition known as sleep apnea, which can itself cause somnolence, independent of medication. ...Read more

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We can combine depakane and tegretol antiepileptic drugs?

Interaction: There is significant interaction between the two medications. If used together, monitoring is done by prescribing physician. ...Read more

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What actually is the interaction of tegretol and lamictal?

What actually is the interaction of tegretol and lamictal?

Reduction Lamictal: The major interaction of these two drugs is lower Lamictal levels in serum. Other effects of combining these drugs include drowsiness, imbalance, and mental blunting. In general, any way you can be slow down mentally or physically can occur. ...Read more

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What are the alternative medicine of carbamazepine medicine?

Many!: Carbamazepine is given to treat a number of problems including seizure disorder and neuralgia and neuropathy In each case there are many alternatives such as other anticonvulsants, dilantin depakote topomax lamictal kipper etc ...Read more

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Can you have some beer or 2 while on tegretol (200mg daily)?

Usually OK: In most cases, a person can consume small amounts of alcohol while taking tegretol, without significant risks, but need to make sure that there are no liver adverse effects from the tegretol first, and also check with your doc to be sure your blood levels are correct. ...Read more

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Tegretol 200 mg and cymbalta (duloxetine) together necessary?

Tegretol/Cymbalta: If prescribed, yes, to stabilize moods & treat depression. ...Read more

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Is carbamazepine used to treat tourette syndrome? And why?!

Is carbamazepine used to treat tourette syndrome? And why?!

Sometimes: This is a sodium channel blocker that is an anti-seizure but has an effect on other brain receptors. It can also increase amounts of serotonin, Dopamine and other neurotransmitters which may be why it is effective for the movements, mood and behavior disturbances associated with tourette. It is not the first choice however, and may even cause increase in tics. ...Read more

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Has anyone ever taken the drug tegretol when pregnant and done ok?

Has anyone ever taken the drug tegretol when pregnant and done ok?

Yes, many: Many pregnant pregnants women have taken tegretol and done well. We worried about a few of them may have some birth defects. It is a low risk, but it probably there. ...Read more

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Tegretol will lower lamictal.......does lamictal raise tegretol at all?

Tegretol will lower lamictal.......does lamictal raise tegretol at all?

Check levels: Interaction with liver, binding to albumen and other factors determine levels. Best to check levels if not sure. Be sure to monitor Vit D and sodium levels. ...Read more

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What is peak time of lamictal 100mg and its half life (also using tegretol 600)?

What is peak time of lamictal 100mg and its half life (also using tegretol 600)?

Lamictal Tegretol: On multiple doses, with tegretol on board, the time to peak concentration is 2 hours with a range of 0.75 to 5.93 hours and the half-life is 12.6 hours with a range of 7.5 -23.1 hours. Source: www. Pdr. Net. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Will reducing 600 mg of tegretol to 400 cause 100 mg of lamictal to rise slightly?

Pharmacist: Best to call the pharmacist where you get the medication. They may be able to give you the best answer. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Would it be fine to suddenly stop taking carbamazepine 800mg and venlafaxine 150mg?

Would it be fine to suddenly stop taking carbamazepine 800mg and venlafaxine 150mg?

No: It is always a good idea to taper any medications. Venlafaxine can have a very severe withdrawal syndrome if stopped suddenly and Carbamazepine could result in seizures among other potential withdrawal symptoms. Discuss a taper with your prescribing physician and let him/her know why you want to get off these meds. ...Read more

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Can carbamazepine change my hearing, music sounds different ever since I've started taking this?

Yes, it can: Tinnitus, hyperacusis and other hearing problems are common side effects. Do not stop or change a medicine without asking your doctor first. ...Read more