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Epitol

Name of the generic: carbamazepine (oral) Kar-ba-MAG-een [kar-ba-MAZ-e-peen
The brand names are: Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, and Tegretol XR.
Drug class: dibenzazepine anticonvulsants

What is Epitol?

Epitol is a sedative medication that can be used for treating seizures as well as neuropathy like neuropathy trigeminal or diabetic neuropathy. The medicine can also be utilized to treat bipolar disorder.Epitol can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline for medication.

Side effects of Epitol

Contact emergency medical assistance when you are experiencing symptoms or warning signs of an allergic response (hives and breathing problems or swelling of your throat or face) or a severe reaction to your skin (fever and irritation of your throat and eyes, burning of your eyes, pain in the skin, and the skin is red or purple, which spreads and leads to blistering and skin peeling).Consult a doctor in the event of a serious reaction to medication that could affect various parts of your body. Symptoms may include an itch on your skin or fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, extreme weakness, and unusual bruising or redness of your eyes or skin.If you notice any new or deteriorating symptoms, report them to your physician, like unexpected changes in mood or behavior, depression, anxiety, insomnia, or if you are feeling angry, hostile, sleepy, irritable,Are You Thinking About Ending Your Own Life Or Harming Yourself?

Epitol could cause severe adverse reactions. Consult your physician immediately in the event of:

  • An itch on the skin, regardless of how minor;
  • Lack of appetite, upper stomach right-sided pain, dark urine
  • Slow, fast, or beating heartbeats
  • Anemia or other blood disorders: fever chills, sore throats, gum sores in the mouth bloody gums and nosebleeds mild skin, easy bleeding, unusual tiredness, feeling lightheaded or short of breath,
  • Lower levels of sodium within the body. Headache headache, confusion, intense weakness, unsteadiness, and more seizures.

Common side effects of Epitol can include:

  • Disorientation, lack of coordination, difficulties with walking;
    nausea, vomiting,

This list does not encompass every side effect possible and more may occur. Contact your physician for advice regarding medical effects. You can report symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Cautions

It is not recommended to use Epitol when you've been diagnosed with bone marrow loss or if you're sensitive to this medication or to certain antidepressant drugs.Discuss with your doctor your current medications as well as any new medications you decide to start or stop taking. Numerous drugs interact, and certain medications should not be taken together.Epitol can cause serious blood disorders, a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction, or a skin rash. Consult your physician when you experience unusually weakening or fever, bleeding, bruising, or a rash on your skin that causes peeling and blisters.There are those who contemplate suicide while taking seizure medications.Be attentive to any changes to your mental state or the symptoms. Be sure to report any new or more severe symptoms to your physician.Don't stop taking Epitol without consulting your physician first, even if you are good.

Prior to using this drug

You shouldn't use Epitol if you've had a history of bone marrow loss or if you're sensitive to this medication or an antidepressant, like desipramine, amitriptyline, imipramine, doxepin, or nortriptyline.Do not take Epitol in the event that you've used an MAO inhibitor within the last 14 days. A potentially dangerous medication interaction may happen. MAO inhibitors include furazolidone, isocarboxazid, and linezolid. They also include phenel selegiline, rasagiline, and tranylcypromine.Epitol could cause severe or life-threatening skin rashes, in particular for those who have Asian heritage. Your physician may suggest testing your blood before you begin the medication to assess the risk.

Speak to your physician if you experience:

  • Heart issues;
  • Kidney or liver disease;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Porphyria;
  • Mood disorder, depression, mood disorders, depression, mood disorder
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors.

Epitol can make people vulnerable to suicidal thoughts. Your physician should keep an eye on how well it's working by monitoring your progress on a regular basis. Family members or other caregivers should be on the lookout for changes in your symptoms or mood.Do not begin or stop taking medication for seizures during pregnancy without a physician's guidance. Epitol may harm the unborn child, but having seizures during pregnancy can affect both the baby and the mother. The benefits of avoiding seizures could outweigh the risk. Inform your physician right away if you find yourself pregnant.If you're expecting, then your name might be included on the registry for pregnancy to monitor the effects of carbamazepine on the infant.Epitol may make contraceptives and implants less efficient. Make use of a barrier-type form that provides birth control (such as diaphragms or condoms with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy.It is not recommended to breastfeed during the time you are taking Epitol.

How do I take Epitol?

Follow all the instructions on the label of your prescription and study all medication guides or instructions sheets. The doctor might alter your dosage. Make sure you take the medication exactly as prescribed.Take it along with food.Drink each extended-release capsule or tablet in its entirety, and don't crush, chew, or tear it. Inform your doctor if you are unable to swallow a pill completely.The tablet chewable is best chewed prior to taking it in.Make sure to shake off your oral suspension (liquid) prior to determining the dosage. Make use of the dosing syringe supplied or a dosage measuring device (not an ordinary spoon).It could take up to four weeks for your symptoms to improve. Continue to take the medication according to the directions, and notify your doctor immediately when Epitol isn't functioning as effectively in preventing you from having seizures.You'll need to take frequent medical examinations.Keep at room temperature, free of heat, moisture, and light.Do not stop taking Epitol abruptly, even if you feel well. A sudden stop could trigger increased seizures. Follow your doctor's advice on increasing your dosage.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Do not take the medicine for as long as you are able, but do not take your missed dosage if it's nearing the time to take the next dose. Don't have two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222.The signs of an overdose could include severe fatigue, weak or slow breathing, and loss of consciousness.

Avoid this

Alcohol consumption with Epitol could result in side effects and may also increase the risk of having seizures.Grapefruit could interact with epitol and result in undesirable negative adverse effects. Beware of using products made from grapefruit.Avoid driving and other hazardous activities until you are aware of the effects this medicine has on your body. The way you react could be impaired.Epitol can cause skin to burn more quickly. Avoid tanning beds or sunlight. Be sure to wear protective attire and apply sunblock (SPF 30 or more) while you're outdoors.

Interaction with other drug

There are times when it's not recommended to take certain medications in combination. Certain drugs may affect the blood levels and the other medications you are taking, which could create side effects or render the drugs less effective.The use of Epitol together with other medicines that cause drowsiness can make you more drowsy. Consult your physician before taking opioid medication, a sleep pill, a muscle relaxer, or a medication to treat seizures or anxiety.Numerous drugs can affect epitol, and certain medications are not recommended to be used simultaneously. Inform your doctor about all your medications as well as any medications you are about to start or stop taking. This includes over-the-counter and prescription medicine, vitamins, and herbal supplements. The interactions between these products are not mentioned here.

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