Epitol, Novartis and Tegretol are all brand names for Carbamazepine a pain reliever and an anticonvulsant agent used in treating such disorders as Trigeminal Neuralgia in Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy and Mania Disorders.

Carbamazepine may be used to relieve shock-like pain, such as the facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia or tic douloureux.

Carbamazepine Epitol, Novartis and Tegretol Pain Relief Anticonvulsant

Epitol, Novartis and Tegretol

Carbamazepine is not an ordinary pain killer and should always be taken under direction from your physician. It is likely that the doctor will monitor your condition while under treatment to ensure no adverse reaction to the drug.

Tegretol is likely to counteract the effects of the female contraceptive pill and should not be taken while breast feeding as the Carbamazepine may secrete out with the milk when lactating.

Carbamazepine Side effects:

  • Drowsiness
  • headache
  • ataxia
  • vertigo
  • fatigue
  • diplopia
  • dizziness
  • vomiting
  • allergic skin reactions
  • edema
  • fluid retention
  • dry mouth
  • leucopenia
  • eosinophilia

Rarely, serious hematologic, hepatic, cardiovascular and dermatologic reactions (stop therapy).

Your doctor is likely to want to monitor for liver or kidney dysfunction.Check with your physician immediately if any of the following occur: black tarry stools or blood in urine or stools; bone or joint pain; cough or hoarseness; darkening of urine; nosebleeds or other unusual bleeding or bruising; painful or difficult urination; tenderness, swelling, or bluish colour in leg or foot; pale stools; pinpoint red spots on skin; shortness of breath or cough; sores, ulcers, or white spots on lips or in the mouth; sore throat, chills, and fever; swollen glands; unusual tiredness or weakness*; wheezing, tightness in chest; yellow eyes or skin.

 Check for eye changes.

Since it may be difficult to distinguish between certain common symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis and some side effects of carbamazepine, be sure to consult your health care professional if an abrupt change of this type occurs.

References

What Is Tegretol (Carbamazepine)?

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