|Coming soon.||Prevents seizures, stabilizes mood, and relieves nerve pain. Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but interacts with many drugs.|
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|How it works|
|Coming soon.||Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to block certain kinds of nerve activity to reduce seizures and pain.|
|Type of medication|
|Coming soon.||AnticonvulsantPrescription only|
PillExtended releaseChewable tabletOral suspension
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|Risk factors for serious side effects|
- › People also taking Depakote
- › Asian ancestry
- › European, Chinese, or Japanese ancestry
Detailed Tegretol (Carbamazepine) risks & warnings »
- › Stopping Tegretol (Carbamazepine) suddenly
NFDA pregnancy category (Unknown)
The FDA hasn’t classified this medicine’s effects on unborn babies. Talk with your doctor about this medicine if you’re pregnant or planning on it.See the FDA package insert
DFDA pregnancy category (Weigh risks vs. benefits)
Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.See the FDA package insert
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|Upsides and benefits|
- › Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic and partial seizures.
- › First-line option for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain involving the face, head, and neck), and can relieve other types of nerve pain.
- › May be helpful in stabilizing mood for people with bipolar disorder.
|Downsides and risks|
- › Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
- › Higher risk of skin reactions compared to other antiepileptic medicines, ranging from mild to life-threatening rash.
- › Can cause blurry vision, dizziness, and upset stomach.
- › Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
- › Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
|Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication|
- › For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
- › Report skin rashes or blistering immediately.
- › Don't use if pregnant.
- › Requires routine blood tests.
- › Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor.
- › Takes up to 5 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
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