Carbamazepine

Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant drug used to treat trigeminal neuralgia and some types of seizures seen in epilepsy. This reduces abnormal electrical activity between your brain and nerve cells by blocking sodium currents. It is used for partial and generalized tonic-clonic seizures.

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What should I do if I took 600 mg of tablet Tegretol instead of 200 mg?

Query: Hello doctor,I have the following question about the tablet Tegretol:I have been taking Tegretol 200 mg in the morning and 400 mg in the evening for bipolar disorder for nearly two years now. I accidentally mixed up Tegretol with my allergy medicine yesterday morning and therefore took 600 mg of Teg...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.You do not need to worry about it. Since more than 12 hours have passed after taking 600 mg of tablet Tegretol (Carbamazepine), I do not think there is any risk of poisoning. Even at 600 mg, the drug is safe.Kindly take plenty of water and avoid taking an overdose in the...  Read Full »

What does it mean to have a sharp pain on one side of the neck while swallowing?

Query: Hi doctor, Every time I swallow food, it brushes against the left side of my neck, and I get burning dull pain on the back of the left side of my head. My neck and my trapeze, especially on my left side, are sore. The pain is on and off for the whole day. I had a bump on the side of my neck. My doc...  Read Full »


Dr. Florilyn Joyce Bentrez-cabanilla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. If you have unilateral pain triggered by swallowing, you might have glossopharyngeal neuralgia. Since you have a bump on the neck, I suggest doing a cranial MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and neck ultrasound. It is advisable to consult a s...  Read Full »

How to control atonic drop seizures?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 39-year-old woman diagnosed with epilepsy. I have been having focal seizures for the past two years and early last year. Just recently, I have had atonic drop attacks. Looking at the description, it is what I believe to be happening to me. I lost consciousness for a brief moment, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Both Tegretol (Carbamazepine) and Levetiracetam can help against atonic attacks too. Anyway, I would recommend checking carbamazepine plasma levels to adjust the dose of Tegretol if necessary. Otherwise, if it is fine, I would recommend increasing the dose of Levetir...  Read Full »

Is trigeminal neuralgia curable?

Query: Hi doctor, I think that I have atypical trigeminal neuralgia (TN2) and started taking Carbamazepine from two days back. It seems to help me. But it is not helping me entirely. Constantly, I have a dull ache in the left jaw area and a tingling or burning sensation on the lower outside portion of t...  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Your symptoms are atypical. As bright light indirectly activates the spinal trigeminal nociceptors, it explains the mechanism of trigeminal nociceptor sensitization that increases the pain quality by bright light. On the other hand, it can be ...  Read Full »

Are there epilepsies that do not cause physical seizures?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from a wide array of mental symptoms for around nine years. Some years ago, I went to see a neurologist. He took an EEG, and found "epileptiform activity", I think in temporal lobes. So he said I have epilepsy and prescribed Valproate. He said my depersonalisation...  Read Full »


Dr. Hitesh Kumar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. EEG (electroencephalogram)is not a diagnostic tool in itself. EEG can show abnormality in a normal person and also can be normal in epilepsy patients. Few EEG changes can be seen in normal and abnormal conditions. As you mentioned that your symptom is psychotic like,...  Read Full »

Will lowering the dose of psychiatric drugs help to reduce the manic episodes in my son?

Query: Hi doctor, My 25-year-old son just came out of the psychiatric hospital and the medication given to him makes him more manic, delusional with side effects, but the doctor did not listen to them. Now I need to adjust quickly because he is escalating. This has happened after every release. They incre...  Read Full »


Dr. Seikhoo Bishnoi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Stopping the medicines abruptly might precipitate withdrawal. But you can reduce the doses gradually. Tegretol can be reduced to 100 mg twice daily, and then after a week evening dose can be stopped. Dose of Temazepam can be halved, and then this can be stopped aft...  Read Full »

Even after taking Carbamazepine, why does my cousin have seizures?

Query: Hi doctor, My cousin has a history of epilepsy and using Depakine Chrono 750 mg twice daily. He used Allopurinol and got allergy and fever along with seizure. He was given Hydrocortisone injection and Carbamazepine 100 mg twice daily for 10 days and increased to 200 mg twice daily after that. But, s...  Read Full »


Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. If your cousin was seizure free before Allopurinol, then I do not think Carbamazepine is the right thing for her. She should be given anti-epileptic such as Clobazam, which has immediate action. I think Carbamazepin...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain in my ear when I chew?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 31 year old unmarried male. I am getting very sharp and heavy pain in left ear side, inside center part of the ear, whenever I chew or eat food. This was started 4 days back. But, it was not that much noticeable and today morning it has increased. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your ear pain could be either due to a dental problem or nerve problem, a condition called trigeminal neuralgia. If it is dental problem it has to be addressed by a dentist. The treatment is either tooth extraction or a root canal treatment. Hence, first kindly get exa...  Read Full »

Why am I imbalanced with sharp pains in head while leaning forward?

Query: Hello doctor, I am on no medications other than Neurofen and Panadol. I got tested my reflexes, balance, ears, optical nerve, bloods, blood pressure, strength, temperature and all came back good. I am experiencing the intermittent short feeling.  Read Full »


Dr. Aida Quka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please try to provide more information on your concern. I cannot understand your complaints. You are experiencing short....? Headache, or dizziness, or tingling? What is the location? How long seconds, or minutes, or hours? What is your past medical history? When...  Read Full »

Does Carbamazepine affect implant contraceptive?

Query: Hello doctor, I took Carbamazepine 200 mg for the first (and last) time, at the beginning of this year and stopped right after experiencing some side effects from it. A month later, I discovered that this actually interacts with contraceptive implants, which I have been on for one year. Looking ba...  Read Full »


Dr. Ateeqa

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Why did you take Carbamezepine? Do you have epilepsy?  Read Full »

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