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What does Carbamazepine treat?

Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant or anti-epileptic drug. This medication is prescribed to treat and prevent seizure besides a range of nerve pain disorders such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. It acts by reducing the seizure activity in the brain and restoring the normal balance.

Dosage Instructions

Follow the Carbamazepine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label.

Missed a dose?

Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time is closer to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your doctor specifically asks you to.

Overdosed?

Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms that you may encounter are nausea, fainting, vomiting, shallow breathing, twitching, tremors, slurred speech and light-headedness.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Carbamazepine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine and so on which may interfere with the effect of Carbamazepine.

It may interact with: 

  • Cyclosporine 
  • Danazol 
  • Doxycycline Hyclate Tablets
  • Erythromycin

It may also interact with interact with other seizure medications, antidepressants, certain calcium channel blockers, certain antifungal medications and grapefruit juice. This is not an exhaustive list though.

Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

Possible Side Effects

Some of the side effects are headache, constipation, dizziness, drowsiness, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and dry mouth. Some of the serious side effects of this drug are fever, vision changes, shortness of breath, chest pain, fainting, yellowing of the skin or eyes, seizures and unusual swelling of your ankles or feet. This is not the complete list though.

In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

What to ask your doctor before you start on Carbamazepine

  • Can I take Carbamazepine along with other drugs? 
  •  Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Carbamazepine? 
  • What is the dosage of Carbamazepine to be consumed? 
  • How should I use Carbamazepine? 
  • How will Carbamazepine work in my body? 
  •  How can the drug interactions and side effects of Carbamazepine be minimized or completely avoided?

Disclaimer

The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Carbamazepine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.

 

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