Tegretol (Oral)

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Tegretol (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Tegretol (Oral)

Tegretol (Oral) Medication Classification


Tegretol (Oral) Brandname

Tegretol-XR, Tegretol, Carbatrol, Epitol

Tegretol (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 Tegretol (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 Tegretol (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 Tegretol (Oral) Storage

Store Tegretol (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Tegretol (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using Tegretol (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.

Tegretol (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.

Tegretol (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

Tegretol (Oral) Ratings

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Tegretol (Oral)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: *****

Overall Satisfaction: ***


saima, Toronto, ON - 08/29/2010

I have been using Tegretol for the past 27 years. It has been my primary treatment method for Auras and Partial Complex Seizures. There have been times over the years that I built up a resistance to it and tried other treatments such as Dilantin and Neurontin. I've had 5 children. During one of my pregnancies I did have a complication which resulted in a fatal birth defect. At the time of that pregnancy I was on Neurontin. I wasn't aware of folic acid 13 years ago during that pregnancy. I would highly recommend a minimum of 4 mg of folic acid a day for all women during their child bearing years. I did have 3 healthy babies after that, so there is always a reason to keep hope alive. I'm always trying to find more information on how to get my epilepsy under control.

Tegretol (Oral)

Effectiveness: ***

Ease of Use: ****

Overall Satisfaction: **


Chan, New York, NY - 11/23/2009

Seizures have been a major part of my life, but ever since finding out about and taking Tegretol XR, seizures have played a much smaller role. Ever since going on Tegretol XR, I have not had any breakthrough seizures. It would be great if this drug went generic next year. It could help a lot of people.