Drug Class: What is Tegretol and why is Tegretol prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Tegretol work?
Dosage: How should you take Tegretol?
Possible food and drug interactions with Tegretol
Special Information on Tegretol
Possible Tegretol Side effects
|Drug Class: What is Tegretol and why is Tegretol prescribed?|
Tegretol (carbamazepine) can help with seizure (convulsion) control in certain types of epilepsy.
Tegretol also treats nerve-related pain such as trigeminal neuralgia (severe pain in the jaws), and pain in the tongue and throat.
In addition, some doctors use Tegretol to treat alcohol withdrawal, cocaine addiction, and emotional disorders such as depression and abnormally aggressive behavior. The drug is also used to treat migraine headache and restless legs.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Tegretol work?|
Tegretol contains the active ingredient carbamazepine, which is a medicine that is mainly used to treat epilepsy. Tegretol works by stabilizing electrical activity in the brain.
The brain and nerves are made up of many nerve cells that communicate with each other through electrical signals. These signals must be carefully regulated for the brain and nerves to function properly. When abnormally rapid and repetitive electrical signals are released in the brain, the brain becomes over-stimulated and normal function is disturbed. This results in fits or
|Dosage: How should you take Tegretol?|
Tegretol should only be taken with meals, never on an empty stomach.
Tegretol CR tablets must be swallowed whole: do not crush or chew them and do not take tablets that have been damaged.
|Possible food and drug interactions with Tegretol|
Tegretol can interact with many medicines and the dose of Tegretol or the interacting medicine may need to be altered as a result. It is important to tell your doctor what medicines you are taking, including herbal medicines and those bought without a prescription, before you start Tegretol . Likewise, once you are taking Tegretol it is important to check with your doctor or pharmacist before you start taking any new medicines, or stop taking any existing medicines.
Tegretol blood levels may be increased
|Special Information on Tegretol|
Most Important Fact about Tegretol
Tegretol may rarely cause a decrease in the normal amounts of blood cells in the blood. For this reason you should consult your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following symptoms:
Tegretol precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
|Possible Tegretol Side effects|
More common side effects of Tegretol may include:
mood changes, nervousness, or hostility
unusual tiredness or weakness
clumsiness or unsteadiness
diarrhea or constipation
mild dizziness or drowsiness
increased sensitivity to the sun
Less common side effects of Tegretol may include:
blurred or double vision, uncontrollable eye movements
chest pain or tightness
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