Tegretol

Tegretol (the brand name for carbamazepine) is a medicine from the anti-epileptic class of medications. It is a prescription-only oral medication that is available from the pharmacies that work with Dokteronline. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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What is Tegretol?

Tegretol (the brand name for carbamazepine) is a medicine from the anti-epileptic class of medications. It is a prescription-only oral medication that is available from the pharmacies that work with Dokteronline.com.

How is Tegretol used?

Tegretol is an anticonvulsant used to treat seizures and nerve pain such as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. It works by changing the central nervous system's response to pain.

How to take Tegretol

Tegretol should be taken during or after a meal. Swallow the tablets whole with a drink. Tegretol is usually taken two or three times a day. However, it is important to follow the advice of your doctor and to closely follow the instructions on the packet. Do not suddenly stop taking the medication unless advised by your doctor.

Dosage

Patients often start Tegretol on a fairly low dose of 100 - 200 mg which can then be gradually increased if necessary depending on the patient's condition. 

Side effects

Common side effects of Tegretol include: 

  • Nausea;
  • Diarrhoea;
  • Drowsiness;
  • Dizziness;
  • Swollen tongue;
  • Loss of balance and problems with coordination;
  • Dry mouth. 

Most people find that any side effects go away by themselves as their body adjusts to the medication. If your side effects continue or worsen, seek medical advice. 

There have been reports of serious skin rashes associated with Tegretol. The risk is higher for people from certain Asian countries. If you think you may be at risk, a simple skin test is available. 

Eating grapefruit can increase the likelihood of experiencing side effects.

When is it not safe to take Tegretol?

People with certain conditions should not take Tegretol. it is important to disclose your medical history to your doctor, especially if: 

  • You think you may be allergic to carbamazepine or related drugs, known as tricyclic antidepressants (such as amitriptyline or imipramine); 
  • You think you may be allergic to any of the other excipients of Tegretol; 
  • You have any heart problems, 
  • You have ever had bone marrow problems; 
  • You suffer from porphyria; 
  • You have taken medicines known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), commonly used to treat depression, within the last two weeks; 

Some people treated with Tegretol have had suicidal thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If at any time you have these thoughts, seek urgent medical assistance. 

It is also important to let your doctor know the details of any other medications you may be taking, including over the counter (OTC) medications, as some can interact with Tegretol and affect its efficacy.

Pregnancy / Breastfeeding / Alcohol / Driving

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant as there is a risk that Tegretol could harm the developing baby. 

It is safe to take Tegretol whilst breastfeeding, but tell your doctor if you suspect your baby is experiencing side effects (excessive drowsiness, jaundice, skin reaction). 

Tegretol can make you feel dizzy. If it does, do not drive or operate heavy machinery. 

Drinking alcohol whilst taking Tegretol is inadvisable as it may affect you more than usual. Discuss with your doctor.