Full instructions, dosage information and potential known side effects are all available in the leaflet that comes with the prescription product. If you require any advice or assistance with placing your order, please donâ€™t hesitate to contact our team.
How do I take/use this medicine?
Take Carbamazepine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Continue taking Carbamazepine even when you feel better. Carbamazepine is not a cure and you may need to take it long-term to keep your seizures under control. Do not stop taking Carbamazepine unless instructed by your doctor.
Carbamazepine is available as a normal tablet, an extended-release tablet and a suspension (syrup).
Ask your doctor which specific type of tablet you have been given.
If you have been given the normal tablet, take it with meals.
If you have been given the extended-release tablet, take it with or without food. Swallow it whole with a glass of water. Do not chew, crush or cut the tablet. You may see a small tablet-shaped casing in your bowel movements. This is normal; do not be alarmed. This casing is just an empty shell; the medicine inside it has already been absorbed by your body.
If you have been given the suspension (syrup), take it with meals. Shake the bottle well before taking your dose.
Do not switch between the different types of tablets or suspension unless advised by your doctor.
What should I take note of while using/taking this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have liver, kidney or heart disease, blood disorders, glaucoma, urinary problems, long-term constipation, psychiatric or mood disorders.
Alert your doctor if you ever had an allergic reaction to other epilepsy medicines such as phenytoin or oxcarbazepine.
For as long as you are taking Carbamazepine, you will need to have your eyes checked regularly. You may also need to have regular blood tests and urine tests. These tests help to monitor your body's response to Carbamazepine. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests done.
If you are going for an operation, including minor operations and dental work, inform your doctor or dentist that you are taking Carbamazepine.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Alert your doctor if you have blood disorders or if you are allergic to a type of antidepressants known as tricyclic antidepressants.
Alert your doctor if you are currently taking or have taken antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.
Are there any restrictions on the type of food I can take?
Avoid alcohol, grapefruit juice and evening primrose oil.
Why do I need this medicine?
Carbamazepine is used to treat epilepsy (also known as fits or seizures). It may be used on its own or together with other epilepsy medicines.
Carbamazepine is also used to relieve pain in a painful nerve condition that affects the face called trigeminal neuralgia. It can also be used to relieve nerve pain in diabetics whose nerves have been damaged by the high blood sugar levels.
It is also used to treat a mood disturbance called bipolar disorder.
What side effects could I experience?
Carbamazepine may cause dizziness and drowsiness. If you feel dizzy or drowsy, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Carbamazepine may also cause headache, tiredness and nausea.
Stop the medicine and alert your doctor immediately if you develop rashes, peeling of the skin, mouth ulcers, extensive or unusual bleeding or bruising, yellowing of the skin or eyes.
Alert your doctor if you develop a persistent fever or sore throat.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
Can I take/use this with other medicines?
Do not take Carbamazepine if you are currently taking or have taken antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) such as isocarboxacid, phenelzine and tranylcypromine in the last 14 days.
Alert your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, especially those listed here:
- other epilepsy medicines
- antidepressants such as fluoxetine, fluvoxamine, sertraline, paroxetine, mianserin
- mood medicines such as nefazodone, haloperidol, risperidone or lithium
- blood-thinning medicines such as warfarin
- asthma medicines such as theophylline
- antifungal medicines such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, fluconazole, miconazole
- worm medicines such as albendazole, mebendazole (only when used long-term)
- antibiotics such as doxycycline, erythromycin, clarithromycin
- birth control pills
- sleeping pills
- heart medicine such as diltiazem, verapamil
- cholesterol medicine such as simvastatin
- TB medicine, especially isoniazid
- cancer medicines
- HIV (AIDS) medicines such as ritonavir
- other medicines such as danazol, ciclosporin
As Carbamazepine may reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, ask your doctor about the use of additional birth control methods.
Always inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.