"Dec. 2, 2010 -- Babies born to women who take the antiseizure drug carbamazepine have a more than twofold increased risk for the birth defect spina bifida, a study shows.
But researchers say the drug still has less risk of birth defects"...
Tegretol Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
- What are the possible side effects of carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
- What is the most important information I should know about carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
- How should I take carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Tegretol)?
- What happens if I overdose (Tegretol)?
- What should I avoid while taking carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
- What other drugs will affect carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Tegretol)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Tegretol)?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
What should I avoid while taking carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Drinking alcohol can increase some of the side effects of carbamazepine, and can also increase your risk of seizures.
Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds. Carbamazepine can make you sunburn more easily. Wear protective clothing and use sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher) when you are outdoors.
Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may interact with carbamazepine and lead to unwanted side effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
What other drugs will affect carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
Sometimes it is not safe to use certain medications at the same time. Some drugs can raise or lower your blood levels of carbamazepine, which may cause side effects or make carbamazepine less effective. Carbamazepine can also affect blood levels of certain other drugs, making them less effective or increasing side effects.
Taking carbamazepine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can increase these effects. Ask your doctor before taking carbamazepine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.
Many drugs can interact with carbamazepine. Not all possible interactions are listed here. TELL YOUR DOCTOR ABOUT ALL OTHER MEDICINES YOU USE, and any you start or stop using during treatment with carbamazepine, especially:
- birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy;
- an antibiotic, or drugs to treat tuberculosis;
- antifungal medication such as fluconazole or ketoconazole;
- a blood thinner such as warfarin, Coumadin;
- cancer medicines;
- heart or blood pressure medication;
- HIV or AIDS medications;
- medication to treat depression or mental illness, such as lithium;
- medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection;
- other seizure medications, such as valproic acid;
- steroid medication; or
- thyroid replacement medication.
This list is not complete and many other drugs can interact with carbamazepine. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Give a list of all your medicines to any healthcare provider who treats you.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about carbamazepine.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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- Tegretol Side Effects Center
- Tegretol Overview including Precautions
- Tegretol FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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