by on July 26, 2012
Brand Names:Tegretol, Tegretol XR, Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro
Generic name:carbamazepine
Pregnancy Category:C
Half-life:25 - 65 hours

What is Tegretol?

Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is a medication that is prescribed to patients in order for them to manage certain types of seizures, Trigeminal neuralgia, epilepsy and is sometimes prescribed to treat the symptoms of bipolar disorder.

It works by helping to decrease the nerve impulses which are responsible for causing seizures and pain. Patients who are allergic to antidepressant medications such as Norpramin, Elavil, Pamelor or Tofranil should not use Tegretol. If the patient has used any MAO inhibitors such as Eldepryl, Parnate, Emsam, or Marplan, they should wait for a minimum of 14 days before making use of Tegretol.

Tegretol Uses

TegretolTegretol is available in regular tablet form, as a suspension or as a chewable tablet. It works by blocking sodium channels in the brain. By doing this, it helps decrease the activity of nerve cells there and ensures that they are able to function normally.

It is important to note that the long-acting form of Tegretol tablets should not be chewed or broken. The suspension form of Tegretol should always be shaken thoroughly and never mixed with any other liquid. This medication should also be taken at the same time each day in order to ensure that the medication level remains even in the bloodstream.

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