Tegretol is an anticonvulsant medicine that is employed in the management of seizures. It comprises of a component called carbamazepine which works by decreasing the nerve impulses that cause seizures in the body. Belonging to a class of drugs called anti-epileptic agents the medicine combats different type of seizures. Being discovered in the year 1953, it is now distributed by a pharmaceutical company called Novartis which is based in Switzerland.
Different types of seizures such as myoclinic seizure, absence seizure and tonic-clonic seizure are treated by Tegretol. It is also useful for treating some types of nerve pain that cause pain in the face (trigeminal neuralgia) and also diabetic neuropathy.
Tegretol is effective in the treatment of bipolar disorder and certain other metal mood related problems. Post-traumatic stress disorder can also be healed with the help of this pill.
Tegretol comes in three forms which are tablet, extended-release tablet, liquid and chewable form. The tablet must not be broken or crushed. It should be consumed as a whole orally. The chewable version must be chewed completely before swallowing.
The dosage of Tegretol mainly depends on the age. For children who are above 12 years of age and suffering from epilepsy, 200 mg of this medicine is given twice a day. But for children who fall in the age group of 6 to 12 years, the dose is reduced to 100 mg two times a day. For children below 6 years old the dose is even decreased to 10 to 20 mg/kg/day. The dosage for the liquid formulation is different.
Common side effects arising from tegretol are:
A doctor must be contacted immediately if the following side effects occur:
The medications Tegretol interacts with might either reduce this drugs efficiency or in the worst case lead to serious side effects. Such medications include:
Inform your doctor about any medications that you are currently consuming.
Tegretol may produce dangerous contraindications if used by a person who has a history of bone marrow suppression or if they have used an MAO inhibitor recently.
Pregnant women should refrain themselves from taking Tegretol.