Tegretol-XR (Oral)

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Can you drink alcohol while you are on Tegretol-XR?

I just wanted to know if you are NOT supposed to drink any alcohol while taking this medication. My boyfriend has epilepsy and is on this medication and has been having seizures more frequently usually 1 seizure every 2 months... And he just had one y...
by Kris C in North Providence, RI, 01/29/2006

Tegretol-XR (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information

Tegretol-XR (Oral)

Tegretol-XR (Oral) Medication Classification


Tegretol-XR (Oral) Brandname

Tegretol-XR, Tegretol, Carbatrol, Epitol

Tegretol-XR (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-XR (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-XR (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-XR (Oral) Storage

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

What To Avoid While Using Tegretol-XR (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-XR (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-XR (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-XR (Oral) Ratings

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Tegretol-XR (Oral)

Effectiveness: *****

Ease of Use: *

Overall Satisfaction: ***


Brenda, Brenda - 01/13/2014

Hi I think the most important thing for me, about Epilepsy Awareness Month, was the fact I seppted out of my comfort zone and reached out and shared Facts I learned, asking to be Friends with people I've never met, and shared my story about Jason and our family. I did this thru Facebook, which I've been a part of for awhile, but more inactive than not. I took a deep breath, joined Crowdrise and started a Project to raise money for research for CURE. (Way out of my comfort zone!). Certainly not in the Thousands of dollars, but, hopefully enough to maybe even keep the lights on in an Epilepsy Research Lab for a day or two...every cent helps in some way, right. I posted comments on other peoples pages and blogs, something, I usually don't do, thinking, who really cares, but found out so many do. So, I have to say, this last month has helped me personally, get more active than I've been in many years. I hope to continue raising awareness in whatever way I can from my own little corner of the world. Trish, I Thank You. You were most gracious in reaching out and sharing and letting me ramble on in my own way...:-)Linda Andersen