Carbamazepine

Carbamazepine is used alone or in combination with other medications to control certain types of seizures in patients with epilepsy. It is also used to treat trigeminal neuralgia (a condition that causes facial nerve pain). Carbamazepine extended-release capsules (Equetro brand only) are used to treat episodes of mania (frenzied, abnormally excited or irritated mood) or mixed episodes (symptoms of mania and depression that happen at the same time) in patients with bipolar I disorder (manic-depressive disorder; a disease that causes episodes of depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods). Carbamazepine is in a class of medications called anticonvulsants. It works by reducing abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

To make sure carbamazepine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol or triglycerides;
  • liver or kidney disease;
  • glaucoma;
  • a thyroid disorder;
  • lupus;
  • porphyria; or
  • a history of mental illness, psychosis, or suicidal thoughts or actions.

Side effects:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • unsteadiness
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • headache
  • anxiety
  • memory problems
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • dry mouth
  • back pain
Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • unconsciousness
  • seizures
  • restlessness
  • muscle twitching
  • abnormal movements
  • shaking of a part of your body that you cannot control
  • unsteadiness
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • blurred vision
  • irregular or slowed breathing
  • rapid or pounding heartbeat
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • difficulty urinating

Some brand name of Carbamazepine in Bangladesh:

  • CABRETOL (Renata Ltd.)
  • CARBAZIN (Eskayef Bangladesh Ltd.)
  • CARMAPINE (Incepta Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
  • EPILEP (Beximco Pharmaceuticals Ltd.)
  • TEGRETOL (Novartis (Bangladesh) Ltd.)

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