Carbamazepine

    • What type of medicine is this?

    • Carbamazepine is a medicine that treats convulsive attacks. It works by reducing the electrical activities in the brain.
      It is a prescription-only medicine.

      Carbamazepine is helpful in the treatment of certain illnesses. They include:

      • Your healthcare provider may prescribe carbamazepine if you have epilepsy.
      • It may also be recommended if you have nerve pain or a condition that makes your face painful. This is a common complication in diabetes.
      • It may also be prescribed for a mental or mood disorders.
    • What is the medicine used for?

    • Carbamazepine is a medicine that helps to prevent and treat seizures and pain. It works by reducing the nerve impulses that signal pain in the body or the activities in the brain that lead to a seizure. This drug may also treat mood problems.

      Carbamazepine is a prescription-only medicine. You should not take this medicine if you have reacted to it before, such as having a drug rash. Doing so may cause a severe reaction.

    • How to take this medicine?

      • Carbamazepine comes as a tablet or liquid to be taken by mouth. It is also available as a drug to be inserted into your anus.
      • You should not skip your doses if you have epilepsy. Skipping your doses may lead to you having more episodes of epilepsy.
      • In case you forget a dose, then take it as soon as you remember but if you remember at a time close to your next dose, then take only the next dose. You should not take two doses at the same time to make up for a forgotten dose.
    • What are the side-effects?

    • Carbamazepine may cause some unpleasant effects, although not everyone gets them. Some common side-effects you may experience include:

      • You may feel drowsy or tired.
      • You may experience headaches or feel like vomiting and vomit.
      • You may notice your mouth becomes dry or have a sore throat.
      • You may notice that you have added some weight.

      This is not a complete list of side effects. You should talk to your healthcare provider if you notice these or other side-effects that do not go away after a week.
      However, visit the nearest healthcare provider immediately if you have:

      • Skin rash that looks like your skin is peeling off combined with high fever and swelling in your mouth.
      • Changes in your mood, such as becoming restless or having thoughts about killing yourself.
      • Difficulty in breathing, swollen face, hands, throat or lips.
    • What to know before taking this medicine?

    • Carbamazepine may not be safe for you. It is, therefore, essential that you inform your healthcare provider if you have certain conditions. This will help them check your risk for any severe unpleasant effects.

      • You need to inform your healthcare provider if you have a heart condition or problems with your bone marrow.
      • You need to discuss other medications you currently take with your healthcare provider to ensure they are safe to use with carbamazepine.
      • Carbamazepine may not be safe for your baby. Therefore, you need to tell your healthcare provider immediately if you become pregnant while taking this medicine.
      • This medicine may make your skin more sensitive to sunlight. You may need to wear protective clothing or sunscreen while taking this medicine. You must avoid alcohol while taking this medicine.