Tegretol is used to control certain types of epileptic seizures, to treat severe pain of the jaw or cheek caused by a facial nerve problem (trigeminal neuralgia) and for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Please follow your doctor's directions and:
- Take Tegretol orally with or without food
- Abruptly stopping intake of the medicine may increase in risk of seizures and other side effects. Discuss with your doctor the possibility slowly decreasing your dose if you have to stop Tegretol or add another medicine.
- Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice as it may cause certain side effects. Consult with your doctor before including these products in your diet.
- Strictly follow your daily schedule in order to avoid missing a dose.
- Please follow a regular intake schedule to get the most benefit of the medication.
- Do not discontinue taking Tegretol even if your conditions improved. Do not miss any doses.
Discuss with your physician any questions about taking Tegretol.
As an anticonvulsant, Tegretol is used to control seizures by blocking certain nerve impulses in the brain. It is used to relieve pain for trigeminal neuralgia by altering nerve impulses in certain facial nerves.
Do not take 2 doses at once. If you miss a dose of Tegretol, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Keep the medication at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Tegretol out of the reach of children and away from pets.
Do not share this medicine with others to whom it was not prescribed. Inform your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or worsen.
Tegretol Safety information
Do not take Carbamazepine if:
- you have ever had allergic reaction to any ingredient in Tegretol;
- you are taking nefazodone;
- you had bone marrow problems before, the blood disorder porphyria, or other serious blood disorders;
- you are allergic to tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), cyclobenzaprine, or similar medicines;
- you have a severe heart problem called heart block (atrioventricular block);
- you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (e.g., phenelzine) or have taken an MAOI within the last 14 days.
Notify your doctor, nurse or pharmacist immediately if any of listed above concerns you.
Important to know before taking Tegretol:
- This medicine may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Tegretol .Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
- The side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision may be worsen if you take Tegretol with alcohol or certain other medicines. Use it with caution. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine.
- Do not take more than the recommended dose at once without checking with your doctor.
- Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Carbamazepine has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. If you plan to become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. Avoid breast-feeding while taking Tegretol, as this medicine is excreted in breast milk.
- Tegretol may reduce the number of clot-forming cells (platelets) in your blood. Do not do anything that may cause bruising or injury. Contact your doctor if you have unusual bruising or bleeding. Tell your doctor if you have dark, tarry, or bloody stools.
- Before you have any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery, inform your doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine.
- Avoid contact with people who have colds or infections, as Tegretol may lower the ability of your body to fight infection. Contact your doctor if you notice signs of infection like fever, sore throat, rash, or chills.
- Tegretol may interfere with some pregnancy tests results. Check with your doctor if you have questions or concerns about your pregnancy test.
- If you are making certain lab tests, advise doctor and lab personnel that you are using Tegretol. The medication may interfere with certain lab tests, including thyroid function tests.
- If you wish to switch to another form of the medication, consult with your doctor. The same dose of the suspension form may not have the same effects.
Tegretol Side effects
Inform your doctor if any of these most common side effects continue or are bothersome.
- dizziness; weakness; drowsiness; dry mouth; nausea; vomiting
Contact your doctor or local emergency room immediately if any of these severe side effects occur:
- severe allergic reactions expressed in rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue;
- black, tarry, or bloody stools; calf pain, swelling, or tenderness;
- hallucinations; joint pain; loss of appetite;
- change in the amount of urine produced; chest pain;
- mental or mood changes; pain, tenderness, or unusual swelling in the neck, groin, or under the arms; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin;
- confusion; dark urine; decreased coordination;
- fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat.
Other than listed side effects (Carbamazepine) may also occur. If so, immediately consult your doctor or seek emergency medical help.