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What is Carbamazepine?
Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant or anti-epileptic drug used to prevent and control seizures. It is also used for the relief of certain types of nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia.
How does Carbamazepine work?
Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant or anti-epileptic drug. It works by reducing the spread of seizure activity in the brain and restoring the normal balance of nerve activity.
What are the benefits of using Carbamazepine?
The main benefit of using Carbamazepine is the control and prevention of seizures. This medicine effectively reduces the spread of seizure activity in the brain and restores the normal balance of nerve activity.
How do I use Carbamazepine?
Strictly follow the instructions of your doctor on how to use this medication. It will also help that you read first the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with the product package before you start using Carbamazepine. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Carbamazepine is to be taken by mouth with food as directed by your doctor.
Your dosage of this medication is based on your medical condition and your response to the treatment. Your doctor may ask you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose in order to reduce the risk of side effects.
Avoid consuming grapefruit or grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor tells you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine.
In order to get the most benefit from this medicine, you should take it regularly. It will help you to remember to take your dose by taking it at the same time each day.
Do not stop taking this medication without first consulting your doctor. Some conditions may worsen when you suddenly stop using this drug. Your doctor may have to ask you to gradually decrease your dose.
The dose of Carbamazepine will be different for different patients. Always follow your doctor’s orders or the directions on the product label.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strengths of the medicine. The number of your doses, the time between doses, and the length of time of treatment depend on the medical condition for which you are using the medicine.
For bipolar disorder:
- Adults - The usual dose is 200 mg twice daily. Your doctor may increase the dose as needed. The maximum dose is 1600 mg per day.
- Children - Use and dose must be determined by the doctor.
- Adults and children 12 years of age and older - The usual dose is 200 mg twice daily. Your doctor may increase the dose as needed. The dose should not be more than 500 mg to 800 mg twice daily.
- Children younger 12 years of age - Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by the doctor. The maximum dose should not be more than 1000 mg per day.
For trigeminal neuralgia:
- Adults - The usual dose is 200 mg once daily. Your doctor may increase the dose as needed and tolerated. The maximum dose should not exceed 1200 per day.
Side effects & precautions
Your doctor has prescribed this medication because he deemed the benefits to be greater than the risks of side effects. Many people who use this medication did not have serious side effects.
The common side effects of Carbamazepine include:
- Dry mouth
If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor right away.
Inform your doctor immediately if you experience any serious side effects, such as:
- Headaches that won’t go away
- Signs of liver problems
- Signs of kidney problems
- Mouth sores
- Unusual eye movement
- Irregular heartbeat
- Vision changes
- Signs of low levels of sodium in the blood
- Swelling of the ankles or feet
- Joint pain
A small number of people who use anticonvulsants for any conditions may experience suicidal thoughts, depression, or other mood or mental problems. Inform your doctor immediately if you or your family notice any unusual changes in your mood, thoughts, or behaviour, including signs of depression, suicidal thoughts or attempts, and thoughts about harming yourself.
A very serious allergic reaction to Carbamazepine is rare. Get immediate medical help if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, such as itching or swelling, rash, trouble breathing, and severe dizziness.
Immediately report to your doctor if you notice any other side effects that are associated with your use of Carbamazepine.
Before you start taking Carbamazepine, inform your doctor if you are allergic to it, or to other anti-seizure medications, or if you have other allergies. Carbamazepine may contain inactive ingredients that can trigger allergic reactions or other problems.
Share with your doctor your medical history before you start using this medication, especially decreased bone marrow function, blood disorders, heart disease, glaucoma, liver disease, kidney disease, mineral imbalance, or mental or mood disorders.
Carbamazepine may make you drowsy or dizzy. Alcohol consumption or marijuana use may make you more drowsy or dizzy. Avoid consuming alcoholic beverages. Discuss with your doctor your use of marijuana.
Carbamazepine may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid staying too much under the sun. use sunscreen and protective clothes each time you go outdoors.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this medicine, especially unsteadiness, confusion, or irregular heartbeat.
This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless it is clearly needed. Untreated seizures are a serious condition that can harm a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. Continue taking this medication unless directed by your doctor. Discuss with your doctor the risks of taking this medication if you are planning on getting pregnant.
This medication passes into breast milk. Consult first your doctor before you start to breastfeed.
Drug interactions may alter how your medications work or increase the risk of side effects. Share with your doctor a list of all medications you are currently taking so he can check for any unsafe combination.
Some products may interact with Carbamazepine, such as certain azole antifungals.
Taking MAO inhibitors with Carbamazepine may cause a serious, possibly fatal, drug interaction.
How do I buy Carbamazepine online?
You can safely buy Carbamazepine online at UK Meds. You will need first to have an online consultation with a medical doctor before your order will be supplied. The online consultation will ensure that Carbamazepine is the right medication for your medical condition.