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Oxcarbazepine – 300mg 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
    supplement

  • if you have allergies to
    medicines, foods,
    or other substances

  • if you are allergic to
    carbamazepine

  • 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
the following:

  • 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
    control worsens.

  • 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
    in CHILDREN
    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
    milk.
    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
throat; joint
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.

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