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Who would need a blood carbamazepine measurement?

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Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
Neurology
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In brief: Many

This drug has a narrow therapeutic index, meaning that the level needed to control seizures is close to the level that would cause toxicity.
Someone with epilepsy should have drug levels. Levels are also useful to confirm if someone is taking their medication reliably.

In brief: Many

This drug has a narrow therapeutic index, meaning that the level needed to control seizures is close to the level that would cause toxicity.
Someone with epilepsy should have drug levels. Levels are also useful to confirm if someone is taking their medication reliably.
Dr. Jeffrey Cohen
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Dr. Eric Weisman
And even though you have maintained a steady weight, good compliance with your medication, and have not added or taken away another medication that might effect the metabiolism of Tegretol, there is an unusual thing about this medication; Tegretol can induce its own metabolism at any point. The liver might start breaking down Tegretol faster resulting in a sub therapeutic blood level.
Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine

In brief: Therapeutic levels

Certain drugs to be most effective (and not cause toxicity) need to be at a certain level.

In brief: Therapeutic levels

Certain drugs to be most effective (and not cause toxicity) need to be at a certain level.
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