Carbatrol and Carbatrol ER (Extended-Release) is a drug that treats seizures, epilepsy and nerve related pain. The generic drugs for Carbatro are Carbamazepine and Tegretol. Tegretol is the brand name for Carbamazepine, which are the same drugs. Carbatrol comes in a capsule form of 3 different sizes. Although side affects are very rare, a blood disorder and liver disorder are severe side effects that can occur if the right information is not provided to the doctor before medication is started. The doctor should also take a blood test to make sure there are no abnormalities that can affect you by taking this medication. A few of these symptoms you will experience if you are developing a disorder are: yellow eyes or skin, loss of appetite, upset stomach with vomiting, black or pale bowel movements, fever, nose bleeds and sores in the mouth.
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I am a 48 year old male who has been very active all my life. I have had a complex partial (?)seizure disorder since December of 2003. The seizures have been controlled since January of 2005 when I started Carbatrol. I am currently t...
by Chris Coon in Watertown, NY, 01/05/2009
Carbatrol (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Carbatrol (Oral) Medication Classification
CARBAMAZEPINE (By mouth)
Carbatrol (Oral) Brandname
Tegretol-XR, Tegretol, Carbatrol, Epitol
Carbatrol (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Carbamazepine (kar-ba-MAZ-e-peen) Treats different types of seizures. Also used to treat nerve pain and mood disorders.
When To Not Use Carbatrol (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to carbamazepine or to certain medicines for depression (such as amitriptyline), or if you have ever had bone marrow depression (low blood counts).
How Should You Use Carbatrol (Oral)
Tablet, Long Acting Tablet, Long Acting Capsule, Chewable Tablet, Liquid
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to take and how often. Do not take more medicine or take it more often than your doctor tells you to. It is best to take this medicine with meals.
- Swallow the extended-release tablet or capsule whole. Do not crush, break, or chew it. Do not use an extended-release tablet that is cracked or chipped.
- The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.
- Shake the oral liquid thoroughly before each use. Measure the liquid with a marked measuring spoon or medicine cup. If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to take your medicine, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to take the medicine and skip the missed dose.
- Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose. If you miss more than one dose in a day, call your doctor.
Proper Carbatrol (Oral) Storage
Store Carbatrol (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Carbatrol (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Carbatrol (Oral)
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Tell your doctor about any other medicines you are taking to treat seizures. Make sure your doctor knows if you are taking an MAO inhibitor medicine (Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, Parnate®), blood thinners (Coumadin®), alprazolam (Xanax®), clonazepam (Klonopin®), clozapine (Clozaril®), doxycycline (Vibramycin®), haloperidol (Haldol®), theophylline (Theo-Dur®), or valproate (Depakote®).
- Birth control pills, implants, or shots will not work while you are using this medicine. To keep from getting pregnant, use another form of birth control such as condoms or a diaphragm with contraceptive foam or jelly.
- Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while taking this medicine.
Carbatrol (Oral) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have glaucoma, liver disease, kidney disease, if you have ever had a mental illness, or an allergic reaction to other medicines (especially seizure medicines).
- Do not stop using this medicine suddenly without asking your doctor. You may need to use less and less before stopping it completely.
- This medicine may make you drowsy. Avoid driving, using machines, or doing anything else that could be dangerous if you are not alert.
Carbatrol (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Fever, sore throat, sores in the mouth, unusual bleeding or bruising
- Loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting
- Painful red spots, blisters, or peeling of skin
- Swelling of legs or feet
- Yellow eyes or skin If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Blurred vision
- Confusion or agitation