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To help control partial, generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal), and mixed seizures, talk to your doctor about a prescription for Tegretol XR (extended release) or generic Carbamazepine Controlled Release. This is an anticonvulsant drug that can be taken alone or with other medications that will allow you to go about your day, go to work or school, and enjoy family or social events with Tegretol XR to prevent you from having a seizure. The dosage for adults and children over 6 years of age may need to be adjusted during the start of treatment until an optimal result has been reached. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
When taken as directed, Tegretol XR is absorbed into your bloodstream and works in your brain by blocking the sodium channels located there. Normally these channels allow neurons to send electrical signals. But for those with epilepsy, this process gets out of control and the result is a seizure. By stabilizing the electrical activity, a seizure can be avoided. This action is also beneficial for people that experience sudden mood swings caused by bipolar disorder.
Trigeminal neuralgia is an intense shock-like pain that can be triggered by touching a particular spot, smiling, talking, chewing, or any facial movements. It happens 5 times more on the right side of the face than the left and usually affects those over 60 years old. This condition involves the trigeminal nerve that is responsible for facial sensations and motor functions. If, for whatever reason, it becomes inflamed, you may experience a one-time episode of pain or it could happen intermittently. Tegretol XR is prescribed for treating this pain because it stabilizes nerve endings.
You may be asked to take a pregnancy test before starting Tegretol XR as it can cause harm to an unborn or nursing baby. If you are already pregnant, you may need to postpone treatment until after the birth when you can begin taking an effective form of birth control. If you are breast feeding, you should switch to formula and bottle feeding as Tegretol XR has been found in mother’s milk. Explain other medical conditions or allergies you have to your doctor and discuss any OTC or Rx drugs you currently take or use, including herbal remedies and dietary or vitamin supplements. This can help your doctor determine if Tegretol XR is safe for you to take.
There is an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior when taking Tegretol XR or other anticonvulsants. Family, caregivers, and friends should be aware of any changes in your moods while taking Tegretol XR and alert the doctor. Until you know how Tegretol XR will affect you, do not drive or attempt any actions that may be considered unsafe. All medications should be stored safely out of children’s reach and never shared with anyone else.
If you develop a fever, bleeding, or skin rash, call your doctor immediately.