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?
Use Carbamazepine suppository exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Carbamazepine suppository is to be inserted into the rectum. Do not eat, chew or swallow it. Do not use it any other way.
Try to go to the toilet before you insert the suppository.
Follow these steps:
1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
2. Remove the suppository from the foil wrapper.
3. Lie on your left side and pull your right knee up to your chest.
4. Gently insert the suppository with the pointed end first into your rectum. Gently push the suppository as far as it would go.
5. Remain lying in this position for 10 -15 minutes to allow the suppository to melt. If you feel that the suppository is slipping out, press your buttocks together. The suppository must remain in the rectum so that the medicine can be absorbed.
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 using 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 using 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 suppository is for people who are temporarily unable to swallow oral medicine such as pills.
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.