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. Prevents seizures and stabilizes mood. Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is most useful for treating severe seizure disorders, and for bipolar disorder with more depression symptoms than manic symptoms. Just be careful to increase your dose slowly to avoid skin rash. Reviews & ratings Everyone Men Women Filter group. All currently selected Everyone Men Women All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ Filter group. All currently selected All ages 18-34 35-54 55+ 4.48 Tegretol
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Thinking abnormal 2%
Blurred vision 4%
Speech Disorder 6%
More Tegretol side effects » More Lamictal side effects » How it works Tegretol Lamictal 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. Lamictal (Lamotrigine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to calm nerve activity in the brain. Type of medication Tegretol Lamictal Prescription only Lower-cost generic available Prescription only Lower-cost generic available Available as Tegretol Lamictal Pill Extended release Chewable tablet Oral suspension Pill Extended release Chewable tablet Dissolving tablet Used for Tegretol Lamictal Risk factors for serious side effects Tegretol Lamictal › People also taking Depakote › Asian ancestry › History of depression › European, Chinese, or Japanese ancestry › Age 65 years or older Detailed Tegretol (Carbamazepine) risks & warnings » › History of depression › People also taking Depakote › Taking more than the prescribed dose › Increasing the dose too quickly › Taking birth control pills Detailed Lamictal (Lamotrigine) risks & warnings »
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.
Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.
Interactions Tegretol Lamictal › Interacts with many other medicines and supplements. No interactions related info.
Food Tegretol Lamictal No food related info. › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. Upsides and benefits Tegretol Lamictal › 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. › Effective at lowering the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy or Lennox-Gestaut syndrome. Typically used together with other medications for severe seizure disorders. › Works best for partial, tonic-clonic, and absence seizures. › A first-line treatment for bipolar disorder. Effective long-term treatment for stabilizing mood. Prevents both depressive and manic episodes, but the effect is greater for preventing depression. › Doesn't require routine blood tests. Downsides and risks Tegretol Lamictal › 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. › Can cause double vision, dizziness, sleepiness, and headache. › Has the risk of a rare but life-threatening rash. › Can make hormonal birth control less effective. › Might be less effective than other medicines for treating manic episodes (acute mania) in people with bipolar disorder. Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication Tegretol Lamictal › 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. › Follow dose adjustments set by your doctor to minimize skin rash. › Take with food to avoid upset stomach. › Report rash, blurry vision, fever, persistent headache, or neck stiffness to your doctor. › Makes hormonal birth control less effective. › Takes 4 to 6 weeks to feel full effects on mood. Learn more More about Tegretol Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert More about Lamictal Side effects Reviews & ratings Alternatives FDA package insert