Carbamazepine tablets or chewable tablets
What do carbamazepine tablets do?
CARBAMAZEPINE (Tegretol(R)) can help with seizure (convulsion) control in certain types of epilepsy. Carbamazepine also treats nerve-related pain such as trigeminal neuralgia, or the pain associated with shingles. This medications is not for common aches and pains. Carbamazepine may also be used to control certain mood problems, and is used for manic-depressive illness in some people.
What should my health care professional know before I take carbamazepine?
frequently drink alcohol containing beverages
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
anemia or other blood disorders or disease, like
low sodium level in the blood
an unusual or allergic reaction to carbamazepine, tricyclic antidepressants, phenytoin, phenobarbital or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I take this medicine?
Take carbamazepine tablets by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Chewable tablets may be chewed first or swallowed whole. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed. Carbamazepine is often prescribed to children of all ages to treat seizures.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What other medicines can interact with carbamazepine?
barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures (convulsions), like phenobarbital
Carbamazepine can interact with many different types of medications. You should check with your prescriber or pharmacist before taking other medications with carbamazepine. The following list includes many of the types of medications that may interact:
female hormones, including estrogens and birth control pills
herbal medicines like St. John’s wort
influenza virus vaccine
levothyroxine and other thyroid hormones
lithium and other medicines to treat mood problems or psychotic disturbances
medicines for angina or high blood pressure
medicines for rhuematoid or other inflammatory arthritis conditions
medicines for depression or anxiety
medicines for sleep
medicines to treat fungal infections, like fluconazole, itraconazole or ketoconazole
medicines used to treat HIV infection or the AIDs virus
seizure (convulsion) or epilepsy medicine
steroid medicines such as prednisone or cortisone
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
What side effects may I notice from taking carbamazepine?
blurred or double vision, uncontrollable eye movements
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
chest pain or tightness
dark yellow or brown urine
difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
fast or irregular heartbeat (palpitations)
fever or chills, sore throat
pain or difficulty passing urine
redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
ringing in the ears
shortness of breath, wheezing
skin rash, hives, itching
swollen joints or muscle/joint aches and pains
unusual bleeding or bruising
yellowing of the eyes or skin
mood changes, nervousness, or hostility
unusual tiredness or weakness
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
clumsiness or unsteadiness
diarrhea or constipation
mild dizziness or drowsiness
increased sensitivity to the sun