What is Tegretol (Carbamazepine) used for?
Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is an anticonvulsant medication prescribed to treat patients who are suffering from seizure conditions such as epilepsy by regulating nerve signals in the brain that cause symptoms associated with these conditions. This action may also make it useful for treating bipolar disorder or nerve pain. Your physician may use it for other purposes that are not listed here, as well.
How should I use Tegretol (Carbamazepine)?
Always follow the instructions given by your physician to get the best results from Tegretol (Carbamazepine). It is usually taken once each day at a dosage of one tablet, but your particular regimen will be determined by your current health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large cup of water and can be taken with or without food, but a meal or snack is suggested before use if you experience nausea. Avoid crushing, chewing, or splitting the tablets before use to prevent unintentionally destroying or altering the effects of their contents. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Tegretol (Carbamazepine)?
Side effects that may occur while using Tegretol (Carbamazepine) include:
More serious side effects that may require medical attention are a slowed heartbeat, flu symptoms, sensitive skin, swelling, weight gain, hallucinations, nausea, severe skin reaction, darkened urine, discolored stools, or jaundice. Inform your physician as soon as possible if you experience any symptoms that are intense or worrying to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your dosage to prevent more problems from occurring.
Tegretol (Carbamazepine) should not be used by patients with porphyrias, atrioventricular block, bone marrow depression, or those who have taken any MAOI medications within the last two weeks. It is also suggested to inform your physician if you have glaucoma, history of seizures, history of psychotic illness, history of heart disease, history of liver disease, or a history of kidney disease as these conditions may require adjustments to your regimen to prevent unexpected health complications from occurring.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Tegretol (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.