Information about Trileptal: Includes the warnings, side effects, precautions and drug interactions.
IMPORTANT NOTE | TITLE | HOW TO PRONOUNCE | COMMON BRAND NAMES | USES | OTHER USES | HOW TO TAKE | SIDE EFFECTS | PRECAUTIONS | DRUG INTERACTIONS | OVERDOSE | NOTES | MISSED DOSE | STORAGE
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TITLE OXCARBAZEPINE - ORAL
HOW TO PRONOUNCE (ox-kar-BAY-zih-peen)
COMMON BRAND NAMES Trileptal
This medication is used to treat seizure disorders (epilepsy). It may be used with other seizure medications as determined by your doctor.
HOW TO TAKE
Take this medication by mouth, usually twice daily. This
drug may be taken with or without food. The dosage is based on your medical
condition and response to therapy. It is important to take all doses on time to
keep the level of medication in your blood constant. Take doses at evenly spaced
intervals. Do not skip doses. Do not suddenly stop taking this drug without your
doctor's approval since seizures may reoccur. Notify your doctor if seizure
Dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, rash,
headache, trouble sleeping, acne, dry mouth, or constipation may occur. If any
of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these serious side effects:
double vision, change in vision, involuntary eye movements, difficulty speaking,
loss of coordination, trouble walking (abnormal gait), uncontrolled muscle
movements (tremor), dulled sense of touch, stomach pain. Tell your doctor
immediately if you develop any of these unlikely but serious side effects: chest
pain, mental/mood changes, bloody stool. A serious allergic reaction to this
drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of
a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness,
trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your
doctor or pharmacist.
Before taking oxcarbazepine, tell your doctor or
pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to carbamazepine; or if you have any
other allergies. Tell your doctor your medical history, including: kidney
disease, decreased sodium blood levels (hyponatremia), recent seizures. This
drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution engaging in activities requiring
alertness such as driving or using machinery. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Oxcarbazepine is not recommended for use during pregnancy due to potential fetal
harm. Consult your doctor for more details. This medication passes into breast
milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant. Because of the
potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not
recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medication you may use,
especially: calcium channel blockers (e.g., verapamil, felodipine), other
seizure control medication (e.g., carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital,
valproic acid). This medication may decrease the effectiveness of
combination-type birth control pills. You may need to use an additional form of
reliable birth control while using this medication. Consult your doctor or
pharmacist. Tell your doctor if you take any drugs that make you drowsy, such
as: medicine for sleep, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g.,
diazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., hydrocodone, codeine), psychiatric
medicines (e.g., phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine, or tricyclics such as
amitriptyline), muscle relaxants, antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g.,
diphenhydramine). Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold
products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your
pharmacist about the safe use of those products. Do not start or stop any
medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison
control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US
national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their
local poison control center directly.
It is recommended you wear or carry identification
indicating you are using this drug. Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., sodium levels, pregnancy tests) may be
performed to monitor your therapy.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If
it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual
dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Store at room temperature at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C)
in a tight container away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86
degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all
medicines away from children and pets.