Tegretol

(carbamazepine)

3.3/ 5 average rating with 61 reviewsforTegretol
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Treats seizures and epilepsy.

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Tegretol (carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but reduces how well many other medications work.

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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-choice option for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain involving the face, head, and neck), and can relieve other types of nerve pain.
  • Equetro is helpful in stabilizing mood for people with bipolar disorder.
  • Available as a generic in many forms: pill, extended-release pill, suspension, and chewable tablet.
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Downsides

  • Takes several weeks to feel the full effects.
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
  • Higher risk of skin reactions compared to other antiepileptic medicines, ranging from mild to life-threatening rash.
  • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Can't take the suspension form with other liquid medications.
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Tegretol (carbamazepine) is an antiepileptic medication. It stabilizes certain kinds of abnormal nerve activity to reduce seizures, epilepsy, and some types of 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 pill
  • Suspension
  • Chewable tablet
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
  • Skin reactions
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Side effect rates for Tegretol (carbamazepine)

Risks and Warnings for Tegretol (carbamazepine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Carrying HLA-B*1502 gene
    • Asian ancestry

    Serious, life-threatening skin reactions like toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) and Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) can happen at any time while taking Tegretol (carbamazepine). People of Asian decent are more likely to experience these reactions. You may need a genetic test to find out if you have a gene that raises your risk. If you notice a rash or any other skin changes while taking Tegretol (carbamazepine), let your doctor know right away.

    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.
Food
  • Take the immediate-release pill with food. Take the extended-release pill with or without food (don't crush, break, or chew).
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  • Tegretol (carbamazepine) can raise the risk of low sodium levels in the blood (hyponatremia). Watch for symptoms such as 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.