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Carbatrol Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, Tegretol XR

Generic Name: carbamazepine (oral) (Pronunciation: kar ba MAZ e peen)

What is carbamazepine (Carbatrol)?

Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant. It works by decreasing nerve impulses that cause seizures and pain.

Carbamazepine is used to treat seizures and nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Carbamazepine is also used to treat bipolar disorder.

Carbamazepine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Carbamazepine 100 mg Chew-TAR

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Carbamazepine 100 mg Chew-TEV

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Carbamazepine 200 mg UD-TEV

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Carbamazepine 200 mg-APO

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Carbamazepine 200 mg-MAJ

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Carbamazepine 200 mg-PUR

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Carbamazepine 200 mg-TAR

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Carbamazepine 200 mg-TEV

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Carbamazepine 200 mg-TOR

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Carbatrol 200 mg

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Carbatrol 300 mg

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Epitol 200 mg-TEV

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Tegretol 100 mg

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Tegretol 200 mg

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Tegretol XR 100 mg

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Tegretol XR 400 mg

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What are the possible side effects of carbamazepine (Carbatrol)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • pale skin, feeling light-headed, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • fever, chills, sore throat, mouth and throat ulcers;
  • easy bruising or bleeding, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • confusion, agitation, vision problems, hallucinations;
  • feeling short of breath, swelling of your ankles or feet;
  • urinating less than usual;
  • jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • feeling dizzy, drowsy, or unsteady;
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain;
  • headache, ringing in your ears;
  • dry mouth, swollen tongue; or
  • joint or muscle pain, leg cramps.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Carbatrol (carbamazepine extended-release) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about carbamazepine (Carbatrol)?

This medication may cause severe or life-threatening skin rash, especially in people of Asian ancestry. Your doctor may recommend a blood test before you start the medication to determine your risk of this skin reaction. Seek emergency medical attention if you have a fever, sore throat, headache and skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling.

You should not take carbamazepine if you have a history of bone marrow suppression, if you are also taking nefazodone, or if you are allergic to an antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip, Limbitrol), desipramine (Norpramin), imipramine (Tofranil), or nortriptyline (Pamelor).

Carbamazepine may cause harm to an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both the mother and the baby. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking carbamazepine for seizures. Do not start or stop taking carbamazepine during pregnancy without your doctor's advice.

Do not use carbamazepine if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days.

Before you take carbamazepine, tell your doctor if you have heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, liver or kidney disease, glaucoma, a thyroid disorder, lupus, porphyria, or a history of mental illness or psychosis.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

There are many other drugs that can interact with carbamazepine. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor. Keep a list of all your medicines and show it to any healthcare provider who treats you.

Do not stop using carbamazepine without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you stop using carbamazepine suddenly.

Side Effects Centers

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