Compare Briviact vs. Tegretol

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Briviact (brivaracetam)

Prescription only

Tegretol (Carbamazepine)

Prescription only
Prevents seizures.

Briviact (brivaracetam) is good at lowering the number of seizures, but it can be very expensive. You have to take it along with other anti-seizure medicines.

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.

3.3/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforTegretol
Upsides
  • Briviact (brivaracetam) can help provide seizure relief if you’re already taking 1 or 2 other anti-seizure medicines and still having seizures.
  • 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
  • Not available as generic, so it will be expensive.
  • Must take Briviact (brivaracetam) two times a day.
  • Similar to other antiepileptic medicines, taking Briviact (brivaracetam) increases risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior.
  • There’s no added benefit from Briviact (brivaracetam) if you’re already on an anti-seizure medicine called Keppra (levetiracetam).
  • 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.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral suspension
Price
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Reviews
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61 reviews so far
56%
saidit'sworth it
43%
saiditworked well
23%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Feeling sleepy and falling asleep
    16%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Fatigue
    9%
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
    5%
  • Balance problems
    3%
  • Irritability
    3%
  • Constipation
    2%
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18possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    44%
  • Somnolence
    32%
  • Nausea
    28%
  • Vomiting
    18%
  • Ataxia
    15%
  • Constipation
    10%
  • Pruritus
    8%
  • Dry Mouth
    8%
  • Asthenia
    8%
  • Rash
    7%
  • Blurred vision
    6%
  • Speech Disorder
    6%
  • Hypertension
    3%
  • Tremor
    3%
  • Paresthesia
    2%
  • Thinking abnormal
    2%
  • Twitching
    2%
  • Vertigo
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
    • History of mood problems
    • Currently untreated mood problems
  • Changes in alertness and coordination
  • Mood changes
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Suddenly stopping Briviact (brivaracetam)
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  • Serious skin rash
    • People also taking Depakote
    • Asian ancestry
  • Blood disorders
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • European, Chinese, or Japanese ancestry
  • Pregnancy
  • Mental changes due to low sodium
    • Age 65 years or older
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Stopping Tegretol (Carbamazepine) suddenly
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