- Sodium Valproate
- Sodium Valproate–Valproic Acid
What is Carbamazepine used for?
Carbamazepine is used to prevent and treat seizures. It is an anticonvulsant drug that is also used to treat nerve pain disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. This medicine works by reducing excessive nerve signals in the brain. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Carbamazepine?
The dosage of Carbamazepine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
What if you miss a dose of Carbamazepine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Carbamazepine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Carbamazepine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Carbamazepine, seek medical attention immediately. Some of the overdose symptoms of this drug are nausea, vomiting, shallow breathing, fainting, tremors, slurred speech, and light-headedness.
What other drugs could interact with Carbamazepine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Carbamazepine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Carbamazepine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Carbamazepine can interact with other seizure medications, antidepressants, certain antifungal medications, certain calcium channel blockers, and grapefruit juice.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the side effects of Carbamazepine?
Like other medicines, Carbamazepine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Carbamazepine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Carbamazepine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Carbamazepine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Carbamazepine can cause side effects such as headache, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, and dry mouth. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are fever, shortness of breath, chest pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, and unusual swelling of your ankles or feet. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Carbamazepine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Carbamazepine?
Is it possible for me to take Carbamazepine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Carbamazepine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Carbamazepine?
How will Carbamazepine work in my body?
How should Carbamazepine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Carbamazepine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Before taking Carbamazepine, inform your doctor if you have anemia, glaucoma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, and thyroid problems. Also, inform your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breast feeding. Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine. Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays.