"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.
Overdose symptoms may include shallow breathing, fast heartbeat, nausea, vomiting, urinating less or not at all, muscle twitches, restlessness, tremors, slurred speech, staggering walk, and feeling light-headed or fainting.
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.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It 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 potentially dangerous effects. Discuss the use of grapefruit products with your doctor.
What other drugs will affect carbamazepine (Tegretol)?
Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, other seizure medicines, and medicine for depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by carbamazepine. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these other medicines.
This list is not complete and 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.
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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