Oxcarbazepine – 150mg Tablet
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Oxcarbazepine is used for:
Treating certain types of seizures in patients with epilepsy.
It may be used alone or in combination with other medicines. It may also be used
for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Oxcarbazepine is an anticonvulsant. It works by slowing
abnormal nerve impulses in the brain.
Do NOT use Oxcarbazepine if:
- you are allergic
to any ingredient in Oxcarbazepine
Before using Oxcarbazepine :
Some medical conditions may interact with Oxcarbazepine .
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if
any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to
become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any
prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary
- if you have allergies to
or other substances
- if you are allergic to
- if you have kidney or liver
problems or low blood sodium levels
- if you have a history of mental
or mood problems or suicidal thoughts or actions
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Oxcarbazepine . Tell your
health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of
- Carbamazepine, hydantoins (eg,
phenytoin), or phenobarbital because the risk of side effects of both
medicines may be increased or decreased
- Isotretinoin because it may
decrease Oxcarbazepine ‘s effectiveness
- Cyclosporine, felodipine,
hormonal contraceptives (birth control pills), or tramadol because their
effectiveness may be decreased by Oxcarbazepine
- Tricyclic antidepressants (eg,
amitriptyline) because they may decrease the effectiveness of Oxcarbazepine
and the side effects of both medicines may be increased
How to use Oxcarbazepine :
Use Oxcarbazepine as directed by your doctor. Check the label
on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Take Oxcarbazepine by mouth with
or without food.
- It is important to take all doses
on time to keep the level of medicine in your blood constant. Take doses at
evenly spaced intervals. Do not skip doses.
- Taking Oxcarbazepine at the same
times each day will help you remember to take it.
- Continue to take Oxcarbazepine
even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses. Oxcarbazepine works best when
there is a constant level of it in your body.
- If Oxcarbazepine is stopped, it
should be done gradually. The risk of seizures may be increased if
Oxcarbazepine is suddenly stopped.
- If you miss a dose of
Oxcarbazepine , take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your
next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Do not take 2 doses at once.
Important safety information:
- Oxcarbazepine may cause
dizziness, drowsiness, changes in vision, or difficulty with coordination.
These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines.
Use Oxcarbazepine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly
unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
- Do not drink alcohol or use
medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while
you are using Oxcarbazepine ; it may add to their effects. Ask your
pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.
- If you have a history of
seizures, you may suddenly lose consciousness while you are taking
Oxcarbazepine . Avoid activities where loss of consciousness could be
dangerous to you or others (eg, driving, swimming,
climbing, operating heavy machinery).
- Carry identification (eg,
MedicAlert) if Oxcarbazepine is used for seizures. Carry an ID card at all
times that says you take Oxcarbazepine .
- Hormonal birth control (eg, birth
control pills) may not work as well while you are using Oxcarbazepine . To
prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms).
- Oxcarbazepine may cause you to
become sunburned more easily. Avoid the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths
until you know how you react to Oxcarbazepine . Use a sunscreen or wear
protective clothing if you must be outside for more than a short time.
- Do not suddenly stop taking
Oxcarbazepine . Oxcarbazepine must be gradually decreased when discontinued.
Talk to your doctor about the proper way to stop Oxcarbazepine .
- Notify your doctor if seizure
- Lab tests, including sodium blood
levels, may be performed while you use Oxcarbazepine . These tests may be
used to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Be sure to keep
all doctor and lab appointments.
- Oxcarbazepine should not be used
younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have
not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING:
Oxcarbazepine may cause harm to the fetus. If you think you may be pregnant,
contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of
using Oxcarbazepine while you are pregnant. Oxcarbazepine is found in breast
Do not breast-feed while using Oxcarbazepine .
Possible side effects of Oxcarbazepine :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have
no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any
of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Acne; constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; dry mouth;
headache; indigestion; nausea; stomach
pain; tiredness; tremor; trouble sleeping; unusual walk; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE
side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty
breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or
tongue; unusual hoarseness); blood in stool; chest pain; dark urine; decreased
urination; difficulty speaking; double vision, changes in vision, or
involuntary eye movement; dulled sense of touch; fever, chills, or sore
pain; loss of coordination; low sodium levels (nausea; general body
discomfort; headache; lack of energy; confusion; decreased consciousness;
increased frequency or severity of seizures); mental/mood changes; nosebleed;
red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; stomach pain; suicidal
thoughts or actions; swollen lymph nodes; trouble walking; uncontrolled muscle
movements; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual weakness; yellowing of the
skin or eyes.