Manufacturer: Novartis Ltd
Generic Name: Carbamazepine
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Carbamazepine is a prescribed drug used to relieve the symptoms of a certain type of seizures in population afflicted with epilepsy. It belongs to the class of drugs known as Anticonvulsants. It is available in the market with the brand name Tegretol.
Which ailments does Carbamazepine help treat?
• Simple and Complex seizures
• Grand mal generalised seizures
• Trigeminal Neuralgia
• Diabetic Neuropathy
• Bipolar disorder
• Post-traumatic distress disorder
• Alcohol withdrawal syndrome
• Drug withdrawal syndrome
• Restless leg syndrome
• Pain syndrome
• Diabetes insipidus
What are the side effects?
Some of the common side effects include-
• Inflamed tongue
• Loss of balance or coordination
Dosage of Medication
• The drug comes in the form of a tablet, a chewable tablet, an extended-release also called a long-acting tablet, an extended-release capsule, and as a liquid suspension to be taken via mouth.
• The regular tablet, chewable tablet, and suspension are usually prescribed to be taken two to four times a day with meals.
• The extended-release tablet is recommended to be taken twice in a day with meals whereas the extended-release capsule is usually taken two times a day with or without meals.
• In order to maintain the regularity of the medication, intake does take it around the same time twice daily.
• Follow the directions written on the prescription label very carefully. In case of queries do ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• Intake the drug exactly as per the directions. Do not overdose.
• Swallow the long-acting tablets as a whole. Do not break, chew or crush.
• The extended-release capsules are meant to be taken by opening it and extracting out the beads present inside it. Sprinkle the beads over your food item. Do not crush or chew the capsule and its beads.
• Before each use, shake the liquid suspension well in order to mix the ingredients of the medication
• Your doctor will gradually increase your drug dose starting from low to high depending upon your clinical condition
• Carbamazepine shall help to tame your symptoms but may not fully cure it. For full benefits, a few weeks or more shall be required. Do continue with the drug even if you feel better. Abrupt stoppage of the drug may lead to side effects impacting your overall condition.
• Do inform your doctor in case you are allergic or on any anti-allergic medication. Ask your pharmacist to check into medication ingredients guide before dispensing the drug.
• In case you are on medication with monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor, do inform your doctor as he may tell you not to take carbamazepine.
• In case you have stopped taking this drug, it is recommended to wait for at least 14 days before you start with a new regime of MAO
• Do inform your doctor clearly regarding the past medical history and the list of medications you are taking.
• Do not mix carbamazepine suspension with any other liquid drug.
• Do inform your doctor in case you have vision disease, kidney disease or liver disorder.
• Carbamazepine is supposed to decrease the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptive therefore, use another form of contraceptive while you are taking this drug.
• In the case of pregnancy, inform your doctor as use of carbamazepine during pregnancy may hamper the health of the fetus
• Avoid breastfeeding if you are on carbamazepine
• In case of tooth extraction or any other surgery, inform your dentist or doctor regarding this drug intake
• Do not drive any vehicle or operate any machine immediately after taking this drug as it causes drowsiness
• Do not intake alcohol while you are taking this drug
• You may experience mood swings along with changes in your mental health while you are on this drug regime.
How does it help in the treatment?
The mechanism of action of carbamazepine includes reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain.
IMPORTANT NOTE: The knowledge provided is meant to raise an understanding of knowledge regarding wellbeing and does not recommend medication or evaluation. Such material is not a substitution for clinical medical treatment and can not be taken as suggesting or advising that it is healthy, acceptable or efficient for you to take the medication. Consult a health care provider and specialist for psychological therapy and diagnosis.