Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology

Trileptal

(Oxcarbazepine)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Neurology
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Prevents seizures.

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Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) is effective at preventing seizures and you don’t need to get regular blood tests to make sure it’s effective, but it has many drug interactions.

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Upsides

  • Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) is effective at lowering the frequency of seizures, especially for people with partial seizures.
  • If you have trouble swallowing tablets, Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) is also available as an oral solution.
  • You won’t need to get regular blood tests to check the drug levels in your body.
  • Available in a generic form.

Downsides

  • It’s important to take your dose on time so that Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) has steady levels in your body.
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
  • Can cause difficulty concentrating, tiredness or drowsiness, and problems with coordination.
  • If you have kidney problems, your dose may need to be adjusted. Your doctor will check your kidney function regularly.
  • Being pregnant lowers the levels of Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine), so the medicine might not be as effective at preventing seizures.
How it works

Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) is an antiepileptic medication. It reduces seizures by blocking certain types of nerve activity that regulate how your brain cells communicate with each other.

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Side effect rates for Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine)

104 From clinical trials of Trileptal / Seizures
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Any adverse effect
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Ear, nose, or throat infection
  • Indigestion
  • Constipation
  • Lack of muscle coordination

Risks and Warnings for Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Age 65 or older
    • dehydration
    • Taking diuretics (water pills)

    Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) may increase the risk of low sodium levels in the blood (hyponatremia). Watch out for symptoms including headache, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, confusion, weakness, and unsteadiness, which may lead to falls. Talk to a doctor right away before developing more serious symptoms, such as hallucination, fainting, coma, and death.

Common concerns from people taking Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine)

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Pregnancy
Interactions
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
  • Many drug interactions. Increased hypothyroidism and arthritis pain and made pain medication ineffective. Caused low sodium and other meds did not work. Did control seizures. Not worth it if you have multiple health issues.
Food
  • Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) can be taken with or without food.
Kidneys and liver
  • If you have kidney problems, your dose may need to be adjusted. Your doctor will check your kidney function regularly.
  • Hepatitis and liver failure have been reported with Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine). However, this is very rare. Call your doctor right away if you start to have clay-colored stools, yellowing of the eyes or skin, dark urine, stomach pain, or if you are eating less than usual without trying to.
Sleep
  • Can cause difficulty concentrating, tiredness or drowsiness, and problems with coordination.
  • You can experience dizziness, drowsiness, double vision, stomach upset, and trouble with coordination while on this.
  • Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) may increase the risk of low sodium levels in the blood (hyponatremia). Watch out for symptoms including headache, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, confusion, weakness, and unsteadiness, which may lead to falls. Talk to a doctor right away before developing more serious symptoms, such as hallucination, fainting, coma, and death.