Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine)
What is Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine) used for?
Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine) is an anticonvulsant medication prescribed to treat patients suffering from epilepsy. It operates by reducing impulses in the brain responsible for causing seizures. This function also makes it useful for decreasing nerve pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia or as a mood stabilizer to treat bipolar disorder. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine)?
Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine) is typically administered once daily at a dosage of one tablet, but your individual instructions will be determined by your physician after observing your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Swallow these doses with a large glass of water to aid absorption. They may be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is recommended prior to use if you experience nausea. It is not recommended to crush, chew, or split the tablets before use to avoid unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about using the medication to ensure the correct application.
What are the side effects of Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine)?
Some patients using Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Immediately inform your physician if you encounter any symptoms that are intense or if more serious side effects occur including vision problems, sensitive skin, flu symptoms, swelling, weight gain, severe skin reaction, urinary retention, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. These conditions may require immediate medical assistance or adjustments to your dosage to prevent more complications from occurring.
Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine) should not be used by patients with bone marrow depression, atrioventricular block, porphyrias, or those who have taken an MAOI medication within the last two weeks. Also disclose if you have a history of kidney disease, history of liver disease, history of psychotic illness, history of heart disease, mixed seizures, glaucoma, or blood disorders. These conditions may cause unexpected health complications requiring changes to your dosage or other adjustments.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Tegretol CR (Carbamazepine). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.