Tegretol

(Carbamazepine)

3.3/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforTegretol
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Prevents seizures, stabilizes mood, and relieves nerve pain.

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Our bottom line

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

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Quick facts about Tegretol
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (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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People’s experience with Tegretol

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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.
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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.

Quick facts about Tegretol
  • Drug class: Neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (carbamazepine)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral suspension
People’s experience with Tegretol

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

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  • Possible side effects
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Unsteadiness
  • Serious skin reaction
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Side effect rates for Tegretol (Carbamazepine)

From 499 clinical trials of Tegretol when taken for bipolar i disorder (400mg-1600mg per day)
  • Dizziness
    44%44%
    12%12%
  • Somnolence
    32%32%
    13%13%
  • Nausea
    28%28%
    10%10%
  • Vomiting
    18%18%
    3%3%
  • Ataxia
    15%15%
  • Constipation
    10%10%
    5%5%
  • Pruritus
    8%8%
    2%2%
  • Dry Mouth
    8%8%
    3%3%
  • Asthenia
    8%8%
    4%4%
  • Rash
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Blurred vision
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Speech Disorder
    6%6%
  • Hypertension
    3%3%
  • Tremor
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Paresthesia
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Thinking abnormal
    2%2%
  • Twitching
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Vertigo
    2%2%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Tegretol.

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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

Pharmacist Q&A

Tegretol (Carbamazepine) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats epilepsy among individuals with partial seizures, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and mixed seizure patterns.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats epilepsy among individuals with partial seizures, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and mixed seizure patterns.

Common concerns from people taking Tegretol (Carbamazepine)

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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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Interactions
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.