Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology

Tegretol 

(carbamazepine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology
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Prevents seizures, stabilizes mood, and relieves nerve pain.

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Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but interacts with many drugs.

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Best available price for 60 (200mg) tablets of carbamazepine

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
How it works

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.

What to expect when you take Tegretol (carbamazepine) for Epilepsy

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Side effect rates for Tegretol (carbamazepine)

499 From clinical trials of Tegretol / Bipolar I disorder (400mg-1600mg per day)
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Lack of muscle coordination
  • Constipation
  • Itching
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle weakness
  • Rash

Risks and Warnings for Tegretol (carbamazepine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • People also taking Depakote
    • Asian ancestry

    Rarely, Tegretol (Carbamazepine) can cause a serious or life-threatening skin rash. The risk is higher for people who are also taking Depakote. If you are of Asian descent, you may need a genetic test to find out if you have a gene that causes increased risk. Report any skin rashes to a doctor immediately.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Tegretol (carbamazepine)

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Interactions
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.