Tegretol
DESCRIPTION

You can identify Tegretol by its pink, oblong tablets. It is one of several brands of carbamazepine, which is an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug.

How It Works

This medication works by alleviating abnormal electrical activity while restoring the normal balance of nerve activity in the brain.

Uses

Tegretol is mainly used to control some types of seizures and trigeminal neuralgia. Studies have also found that this drug can sometimes tackle mental illnesses such as depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, and drug and alcohol withdrawal, as well as restless legs syndrome, diabetes insipidus, certain pain syndromes, and chorea. Kindly note that it is not a cure for any of this condition.

Dosage

Tegretol comes in tablet form and doctors will normally prescribe this medication to be taken two to four times daily with your meals. Please swallow the tablet whole and take it the same time every day. Once you see the full benefit and even if you experience any side effects, kindly continue your scheduled medication, after consulting your doctor of course.

Try not to miss a dose, but if you do, take the tablet you have missed immediately. In the event that that you only remember this closer to your next dose, then the missed dose can be skipped. Continue as scheduled. Never double dose.

Important: Grapefruit juice may affect the medication effect. Consult your doctor for more information.

Side Effects

The side effects of Tegretol should never be ignored. Instead, contact the doctor if you experience one or more of the symptoms below, especially if it they seem to get more serious or continue to develop:

drowsiness
dizziness
unsteadiness
nausea
vomiting
headache
anxiety
memory problems
diarrhea
constipation
heartburn
dry mouth
back pain

Watch out for the following red flags, which calls for immediate medical attention:

confusion
unable to tell delusions from reality
chest pain
discoloration of the sclera (the white of the eye)
vision problems
sore throat, fever, chills, or other signs of infection
unusual bleeding or bruising
tiny purple dots or spots on the skin
mouth sores

Warning: It has been reported that Tegretol may cause life-threatening allergic reactions. Sufferers may experience severe damage to the skin and internal organs.

Precaution

It is important that you consult your doctor or pharmacist when prescribed to Tegretol if you are:

Allergic to any medications for seizures, or any other medications for that matter.
Taking or planning to take any other medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements.
Consuming herbal products, particularly St John’s wort.
A sufferer or survivor of heart, liver, kidney or thyroid disease.
Pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking this medication.

Other precautionary measures while taking Tegretol are as follows:

No breastfeeding.
Required to do any type of surgery or laboratory test, always advise the doctor-in-charge that you are prescribed to Tegretol.
Do not operate any heavy machinery as this medication may make you drowsy.
If you have a history in low blood cell count, this medication may cause this condition to return, and may sometimes result in serious problems to the extent of life-threatening.
Do not rely on pregnancy tests done at home as this medication can interfere with its effectiveness.

Self-Care

You are strongly recommended to save ALL records of your medications as well as your doctor and laboratory appointments as your body’s response to Tegretol needs to be monitored before and after the treatment. Also advise your family or caregiver that this medication may cause you to experience unexpected and detrimental changes to your mental health.

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