Tegretol vs. Epitol

Are Tegretol and Epitol the Same Thing?

Tegretol (carbamazepine) and Epitol (carbamazepine tablet) are anticonvulsants used to treat seizures and nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy.

Tegretol is also used to treat bipolar disorder.

Epitol is also used to treat glossopharyngeal neuralgia.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Tegretol?

Common side effects of Tegretol include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Epitol?

Common side effects of Epitol include:

  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • unsteadiness,
  • nausea, and
  • vomiting.

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What is Tegretol?

Tegretol (carbamazepine) is an anticonvulsant used to treat seizures and nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. Tegretol is also used to treat bipolar disorder. Tegretol is available in generic form.

What is Epitol?

Epitol (carbamazepine tablet) is an anticonvulsant and analgesic indicated to treat partial seizures with complex symptomatology (psychomotor, temporal lobe); generalized tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal); mixed seizure patterns which include the above, or other partial or generalized seizures. Epitol is also indicated in the treatment of the pain associated with true trigeminal neuralgia. Beneficial results have also been reported in glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Epitol is not a simple analgesic and should not be used for the relief of trivial aches or pains.

What Drugs Interact With Tegretol?

Tegretol may interact with other seizure medications, HIV or AIDS medications, antibiotics, antidepressants, medications to treat mental illness, or blood thinners.

Tegretol may also interact with theophylline, birth control pills or hormone replacement therapy, drugs to treat tuberculosis, antifungal medications, cancer medicines, heart or blood pressure medications, medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection, steroids, or thyroid replacement medications.

You may have increased seizures or unpleasant withdrawal symptoms if you stop using Tegretol suddenly.

What Drugs Interact With Epitol?

Epitol (carbamazepine tablet) is an anticonvulsant and analgesic indicated to treat partial seizures with complex symptomatology (psychomotor, temporal lobe); generalized tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal); mixed seizure patterns which include the above, or other partial or generalized seizures. Epitol is also indicated in the treatment of the pain associated with true trigeminal neuralgia. Beneficial results have also been reported in glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Epitol is not a simple analgesic and should not be used for the relief of trivial aches or pains.

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How Should Tegretol Be Taken?

The starting dose of Tegretol to treat epilepsy in adults and children over 12 years of age is 200 mg twice daily for tablets and XR tablets, or 1 tsp 4 times daily for suspension (400 mg/day). Usual maintenance dose is 800-1200 mg daily. The starting dose to treat trigeminal neuralgia is 100 mg twice daily for tablets or XR tablets, or ½ tsp 4 times daily for suspension, for a total daily dose of 200 mg. Control of pain is maintained in most patients with 400-800 mg daily. Consult your doctor for pediatric doses.

How Should Epitol Be Taken?

The initial dose of Epitol for adults and children 12 years and older is 200 mg twice daily. Increase at weekly intervals by adding up to 200 mg/day using a three or for times daily regimen until the optimal response is obtained.

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References
References:
RxList. Tegretol Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/tegretol-side-effects-drug-center.htm
RxList. Epitol Side Effects Drug Center.
https://www.rxlist.com/epitol-side-effects-drug-center.htm

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