Frequently Asked Questions
Carbamazepine may rarely cause very serious (possibly fatal) skin reactions. Some people in certain ethnic groups (such as people of Asian/South Asian descent) are at greater risk. Your doctor may order a blood test to measure your risk before you start this medication. If the blood test shows you are at greater risk, your doctor should discuss the risks and benefits of carbamazepine and other treatment choices with you. Such skin reactions have developed mostly within the first few months of treatment. Get medical help right away if you develop any of the following symptoms: skin rash/blisters/peeling, itching, or swelling. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.This drug has rarely caused very serious blood disorders (aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis). Your doctor will monitor your blood counts to minimize the chance of these side effects. Keep all medical and lab appointments. Get medical help right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever, swollen lymph nodes), unusual weakness/tiredness, shortness of breath, or easy bleeding/bruising.
|Brand Name Examples||Supplied As||Strength|
|Carbatrol||Capsule ER Multiphase 12Hr||300 Mg100 Mg200 Mg|
|Equetro||Capsule ER Multiphase 12Hr||200 Mg300 Mg100 Mg|
|Suspension Oral||100 Mg/5Ml|
|Tegretol Xr||Tablet ER 12 Hr||200 Mg100 Mg400 Mg|