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Last Updated: November 18, 2019

Carbamazepine functions as an anticonvulsant and decreases the occurrence of abnormal nerve impulses in the brain which can lead to severe reactions like seizures and acute pain.

The drug essentially treats nerve pain like trigeminal neuralgia as well as diabetic neuropathy. Moreover, the drug also effectively treats bipolar disorder.

The medicine should be taken as prescribed, as directions of the doctor should be adhered to strictly. Available in a capsule, liquid or tablet form, the drug is meant to be consumed whole.

Before starting the drug make sure to give your doctor detailed information about any existing health issues and allergies. Before taking this medication to inform the doctor:

  • if you suffer from heart problems, thyroid issues, porphyria, lupus, mental illness or a kidney problem
  • If you are pregnant or going to become pregnant

Do not stop the drug or increase the dosage without the doctor’s advice as it can cause severe complications for the baby.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Neurologist before using this medicine.

The medication can treat the below provided problems:

A patient can suffer from the following side effects:

  • Thrombocytopenia

  • Oedema

  • Dizziness

  • Ataxia

  • Headache

  • Blurred Vision

  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 2 to 3 days
  • What is the onset of action?

    The peak effect of this medicine can be observed in 4.5 hours for immediate-release tablets.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women.
  • Is it habit forming?

    No habit forming tendency has been reported.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    This medicine is recommended only if clearly needed when no safer alternative is available.
  • Missed Dose instructions

    If you miss a dose of Carbamazepine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.
  • Overdose instructions

    Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
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  • Japan

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Carbamazepine as ingredient

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This medication belongs to the class anticonvulsant. It works by reducing the excitation of the brain cells by inhibiting the sodium channels thus inhibits the repetitive firing of brain cells.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease


    This medication should be given with caution in the patients with depression and suicidal thoughts. Frequent monitoring of depression symptoms is necessary. Dose adjustments are to be made based on the outcomes in the patient.

    Liver Disease

    This medication should be used with caution in the patients with the mild to moderate liver disease. Frequent monitoring of liver function tests is necessary. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.
  • Interaction with Alcohol


    Consumption of alcohol with this medicine is not recommended as it increases the risk of side effects like dizziness, difficulty in concentration. Do not perform activities that require mental alertness like driving or operating machinery.
  • Interaction with Medicine


    Diltiazem may increase the concentration of it. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines. Any symptoms of dizziness, confusion, headache should be reported to the doctor. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

    Ethinyl Estradiol

    The desired effect of contraceptive pills will not be achieved if these medicines are used together. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement of the medicine should be made under the doctor's supervision.

    Azole antifungal agents

    It may decrease the concentration of ketoconazole and itraconazole. Inform the doctor if you are receiving these medicines. Any symptoms of nausea, visual disturbances should be reported to the doctor. Suitable dose adjustments or an alternate medicine should be considered based on the clinical condition.

Ques: What is Carbamazepine?

Ans: This medication functions as an anticonvulsant, and decreases the occurrence of abnormal nerve impulses in the brain.

Ques: How long do I need to use Carbamazepine before I see improvement in my condition?

Ans: This medication is to be taken till the time you see an improvement in your health

Ques: At what frequency do I need to use Carbamazepine?

Ans: This medication should be taken in the dosage as prescribed by the doctor.

Ques: Should I use Carbamazepine empty stomach, before food or after food?

Ans: This medication should be taken after food in a prescribed

Ques: What are the instructions for the storage and disposal of Carbamazepine?

Ans: This medication should be kept in a cool dry place and in its original packaging. Make sure this medication remains unreachable to children and pets.
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Medicines containing Carbamazepine
How does this medication work?
What are the interactions of Carbamazepine ?
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