Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is known as an anti-epileptic or anticonvulsant drug. This is used to prevent and control seizures. This may also be used to relieve certain types of nerve pain like trigeminal neuralgia.
How does Tegretol (Carbamazepine) work?
Tegretol (Carbamazepine) works by calming the electrical activity in the nerves and brain. These are made up of many nerve cells that connect with each other through electrical signals. These signals must be carefully controlled for the nerve and brain to function correctly. If strangely rapid and repetitive electrical signals are released in the brain or nerves, this can cause seizures or stabbing pain.
This medication prevents epileptic fits by stopping electrical signals from building up in the nerve cells in the brain. It is also by decreasing the release of a neurotransmitter called glutamate.
Tegretol (Carbamazepine) lessens the pain of trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy by stabilising the electrical activity in the nerves. This stops the pain signals being sent to the brain.
Why use Tegretol (Carbamazepine)?
Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is available for oral administration as chewable tablets of 100mg and 200mg. This also has XR tablets of 100mg, 200mg, and 400mg and for suspension of 100mg/5ml (teaspoon). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved this medication.
How to use Tegretol (Carbamazepine)?
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Take Tegretol (Carbamazepine) by mouth with food. Your doctor may direct you to start at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. Take this medication regularly or as directed by your doctor.
What are the side-effects of Tegretol (Carbamazepine)?
- Swollen tongue
- Dry mouth
- Loss of balance or coordination
- Problems with walking
Call for medical help if you have signs of allergic reaction:
- Difficult breathing
- Swelling in your face or throat
Or a severe skin reaction:
- Sore throat
- Skin pain
- Burning in your eyes
- Purple or a red skin rash that spreads and causes blistering and peeling
Warnings and Precautions
- Before using this treatment, consult first your doctor if you are breastfeeding or pregnant women.
- Inform your doctor if you have a history of bone marrow suppression.
- Do not stop taking this without talking to your doctor. Stopping this may cause some serious problems.
- You might not be able to take Tegretol (Carbamazepine) if you have high blood pressure, heart disease, or a thyroid disorder.
- Keep this far from the reach of children.