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By Medicover Hospitals / 31 March 2021
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What is Tegretol?

  • Tegretol 100mg Tablet is an anti-epileptic drug that is used to treat epilepsy. It aids in the prevention of certain types of seizures (fits). It is also used to treat trigeminal neuralgia, a painful condition of face, head, and neck, as well as diabetes-related nerve pain (diabetic neuropathy).
  • Tegretol 100mg Tablet can be taken with or without food, but it must be taken at the same time each day. Your doctor will determine the appropriate dose and frequency of administration for you in order to control your symptoms. It can be gradually increased. Many other medications can interact with this medication, so tell your doctor about everything you're taking to make sure it's safe.
    1. Tegretol Uses
    2. Tegretol Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Dosage
    5. Storage
    6. Tegretol vs Gabapentin
    7. Frequently Asked Questions
    8. Citations

    Tegretol Uses

    In the case of epilepsy/seizures

  • Tegretol 100mg Tablet reduces the nerve impulses that cause seizures. It alleviates symptoms like confusion, uncontrollable jerking movements, loss of awareness, and fear or anxiety.
  • This medication does not cause physical or psychological dependence (addiction), but it should not be stopped abruptly. To be effective, it must be taken on a regular basis as prescribed. Missed doses may result in seizure.
  • In the case of trigeminal neuralgia

  • Tegretol 100mg Tablet reduces the nerve impulses that cause seizures. It alleviates symptoms like confusion, uncontrollable jerking movements, loss of awareness, and fear or anxiety.
  • Nerve pain in diabetics

  • Tegretol 100mg Tablet relieves nerve pain by reducing the nerve impulses that cause it. This medication does not cause physical or psychological dependence (addiction), but it should not be stopped abruptly. To be effective, it must be taken on a regular basis as prescribed.
  • How to use

  • Before you begin using carbamazepine, and each time you get a refill, read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist.
  • Take this medication orally with food. If you're using chewable tablets, make sure you chew them thoroughly before swallowing.
  • If you're taking this medication in the form of suspension, shake the bottle thoroughly before each dose. Use a special measuring device or spoon to carefully measure the dose. You should not use a domestic spoon because you may not get the correct dose. Allow at least 2 hours between doses of the suspension and other liquid medications.
  • Tegretol Side effects:

  • Some of the common side effects of Tegretol are:
    • Balance disorder (loss of balance)
    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Nausea
    • Slurred speech
    • Vomiting
    • Blurred vision
    • Constipation
    • Dryness in mouth
    • Fatigue
    • Itching

    Precautions:

  • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to it, other anti-seizure medications, tricyclic antidepressants, or if you have any other allergies before taking it. Inactive ingredients (such as sorbitol in the suspension) in this product may cause allergic reactions or other problems.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you have: decreased bone marrow function, blood disorders, glaucoma, heart disease, kidney disease, liver disease, mental/mood disorders, or mineral imbalances.
  • This medication may cause dizziness or drowsiness. Alcohol can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in any activity that requires safety.
  • Sugar may be present in the chewable tablets or suspension. If you have diabetes or other condition that requires you to limit or avoid sugar in your diet, proceed with caution. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product.
  • Older adults might be more sensitive to the drug's side effects, such as confusion, unsteadiness, or irregular heartbeat. Confusion and shakiness can heighten the risk of falling. Older adults are also more likely to develop a mineral imbalance, especially if they are also taking water pills.
  • This medication should not be used during pregnancy. It can harm an unborn child. However, because untreated seizures are a serious condition that can harm both a pregnant woman and her unborn child, do not stop taking this medication unless your doctor tells you to. If you are planning for a pregnancy, discuss the benefits and risks of using this medication during pregnancy with your doctor as soon as possible. Prenatal care, including tests for birth defects, is recommended if you are pregnant. Because birth control pills, patches, implants, and injections may not work when combined with this medication, consult your doctor about alternative methods of birth control.
  • This might pass through breastmilk, before breastfeeding consult your doctor.
  • Interactions

  • Some products that interact with this drug are azole antifungals, orlistat. Taking MAO inhibitors with this medication may cause a serious drug interaction. Avoid taking MAO inhibitors along with this medication. Other medications can cause the removal of carbamazepine from your body, which may affect how it works. Examples include macrolide antibiotics, rifamycins.
  • Missed Dose

  • It is necessary to take each dose of this medication on time. If you forget a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible to arrange for a new dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.
  • Overdose

  • If someone has taken an overdose of this medicine and has serious symptoms such as trouble breathing, seek medical advice immediately. Never take more doses than what is prescribed to you by your doctor.
  • Storage

  • Direct contact with heat, air and light may damage your medicines. Exposure to medicine may cause some harmful effects. The medicine must be kept in a safe place and out of children’s reach.
  • Tegretol vs Gabapentin

    Tegretol
    Gabapentin
    This is an anti-epileptic drug that is used to treat epilepsy. Gabapentin is an anticonvulsant and anti-epileptic medication. It has an effect on the chemicals and nerves in the body that cause seizures and some types of pain.
    It is used primarily for the treatment of epilepsy and neuropathic pain. Gabapentin is used in conjunction with other medications to treat partial seizures in adults and children over the age of three.
    Tegretol 200 is also used for treating bipolar disorder. Gabapentin is also used to treat neuropathic pain (nerve pain) in adults caused by the herpes virus or shingles (herpes zoster).

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    It is a mood stabilizer. It is approved for the treatment of bipolar 1 disorder (also known as manic depression), as well as epilepsy and trigeminal neuralgia.
    Carbamazepine is known to cause euphoria as a side effect. As a result, it lends itself to abuse, particularly in the adolescent population.
    The most common side effects of Tegretol, especially when first starting it, are dizziness, drowsiness, unsteadiness, nausea, and vomiting. 1 Consult your doctor if these side effects persist or are bothersome.
    It should start working within a few days. To reduce the possibility of side effects, your doctor may start you on a low initial dose and gradually increase it to your normal dose. Over the first one to two weeks, the effect will become more pronounced.
    Memory issues may be more common with older anti-seizure medications such as Phenobarbital or Tegretol. One exception is that some people who take Topamax have difficulty concentrating and paying attention, which can impair memory.
    This medication is used to treat anxiety symptoms. It has an effect on the brain by reducing abnormal electrical activity. It is used to treat mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
    Tegretol is a seizure medication. It reduces the nerve impulses that cause seizures and pain. Tegretol is used for treating certain types of seizures (partial, tonic-clonic, mixed). Tegretol is also used to treat nerve pain, such as trigeminal and glossopharyngeal neuralgia.
    It functions by regulating electrical activity in the brain and nerves. Carbamazepine works to treat epilepsy by preventing electrical signals from accumulating in the brain's nerve cells. It also reduces the release of glutamate, a chemical (neurotransmitter). Seizures can occur if you consume too much glutamate.
    It is also beneficial in the treatment of chronic neuropathic pain. The tablets are available in 100 mg and large sizes. The maximum recommended dose is 600 mg taken twice daily (morning and near bedtime). The final dose will depend on how well the medication works for you and your tolerance to the medication.

    Citations:

  • Tegretol Sulfide, https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1021/js980203+
  • Tegretol Sulfide side-effects, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC496031/