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CARBAMAZEPINE SA CAPSULE (MOOD STABILIZER) - ORAL
COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Equetro
WARNING: Carbamazepine may rarely cause very serious (possibly fatal) skin reactions. Some people in certain ethnic groups (including people of Asian/South Asian descent) are at greater risk. Your doctor may order a blood test to measure your risk before prescribing this medication. If the blood test shows you are at greater risk, discuss the risks and benefits of carbamazepine and other treatment choices with your doctor. Such skin reactions have developed mostly within the first few months of treatment. Get medical help right away if you develop any of the following symptoms: skin rash/blisters/peeling, itching, or swelling. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
This drug has rarely caused very serious blood disorders (aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis). Your doctor will monitor your blood counts to minimize the chance of these side effects. Keep all medical and laboratory appointments. Tell your doctor right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: signs of infection (such as fever, persistent sore throat), unusual weakness/tiredness, shortness of breath, or easy bleeding/bruising.
USES: Carbamazepine is used to treat bipolar disorder. It can help to decrease extreme changes in mood and to help you feel less agitated.
OTHER USES: This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.
Carbamazepine may also be used to prevent and control seizures. It is known as an anticonvulsant or anti-epileptic drug. In addition, it has also been used to treat certain types of nerve pain (such as trigeminal neuralgia).
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using carbamazepine and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually twice a day. Swallow the medication whole. Do not crush or chew the capsules. Doing so can release all of the drug at once, increasing the risk of side effects.
If you have trouble swallowing the capsules, you may open the capsule and sprinkle the contents onto a teaspoonful of applesauce or other soft food. Swallow all of the drug/food mixture immediately. Do not chew the mixture or prepare a supply in advance.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Follow your doctor's instructions carefully.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while using this medication unless your doctor or pharmacist says you may do so safely. Grapefruit can increase the chance of side effects with this medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
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