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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. Certain ethnic groups (including people of Asian/South Asian descent) are at greater risk. Your doctor may order a blood test (HLA-B 1502) 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. Seek immediate medical attention 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 a severe decrease in bone marrow function (aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis). Your doctor will monitor your blood counts to minimize the chance of this side effect. Keep all medical and laboratory appointments. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), unusual weakness or fatigue, or easy bleeding/bruising.
USES: This medication is used to treat acute manic episodes and mixed episodes (acute mania with depression) in people with bipolar disorder. Carbamazepine works by reducing excessive nerve signals in the brain and restoring the normal balance of nerve activity. It also works to stabilize the mood and reduce extremes in behavior.
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 other mental/mood conditions (e.g., schizophrenia) and certain types of nerve pain (e.g., 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 meals, usually twice a day, or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the medication whole. Do not crush or chew the capsules.
If you have trouble swallowing capsules, you may open them and sprinkle the contents onto a teaspoonful of applesauce or other soft food. Swallow the food/medication mixture immediately. Do not chew the mixture or prepare a supply in advance because this may increase side effects or destroy the drug.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor may gradually adjust your dose. Follow these directions carefully.
For the treatment of trigeminal nerve pain, do not take more than 1,200 milligrams per day.
Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while being treated with this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit juice can increase the amount of certain medications in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
Take this medication regularly at evenly spaced intervals in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same times each day to keep the amount of medicine in your body at a constant level.
Do not take more of this medicine than prescribed or stop taking it without consulting your doctor. Some conditions (e.g., seizures) may become worse when the 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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