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Tegretol

Form.

Tablets: 100 milligrams,
Tablets: 200 milligrams,
Tablets: 400 milligrams;
Suspension: 100 milligrams/5 milliliters.

No Prescription

Tegretol is prescribed in the treatment of simple and complex partial seizures and in generalized seizures of the grand mal type.
Tegretol is not prescribed to treat petit mal seizures.
Tegretol is prescribed to treat a painful nerve condition of the face called trigeminal neuralgia.
Tegretolis prescribed to treat bipolar disorder.
Tegretol is prescribed in the treatment of seizure disorders, including certain types of epilepsy. It is also prescribed for trigeminal neuralgia (severe pain in the jaws) and pain in the tongue and throat.

In addition, some doctors use Tegretol to treat alcohol withdrawal, cocaine addiction, and emotional disorders such as depression and abnormally aggressive behavior. The drug is also prescribed to treat migraine headache and "restless legs."

Dosage.

Tegretol may be taken with or without food.
Tegretol is excreted by the kidney and metabolized by the liver and dosages may need to be lowered in patients with liver or kidney dysfunction. Drug blood levels of Tegretol can be followed.

ADULTS

Seizures

The usual dose for adults and children over 12 years of age is 200 mg (1 tablet or 2 chewable or extended-release tablets) taken twice daily or 1 teaspoon 4 times a day. Your doctor may increase the dose at weekly intervals by adding 200-mg doses twice a day for Tegretol-XR or 3 or 4 times per day for the other forms. Dosage should generally not exceed 1,000 mg daily in children 12 to 15 years old and 1,200 mg daily for adults and children over 15. The usual daily maintenance dosage range is 800 to 1,200 mg.

Trigeminal Neuralgia

The usual dose is 100 mg (1 chewable or extended-release tablet) twice or one-half teaspoon 4 times on the first day. Your doctor may increase this dose using increments of 100 mg every 12 hours or one-half teaspoonful 4 times daily only as needed to achieve freedom from pain. Doses should not exceed 1,200 mg daily and are usually in the range of 400 to 800 mg a day for maintenance.

CHILDREN

Seizures

The usual dose for children 6 to 12 years old is 100 mg twice daily or one-half teaspoon 4 times a day. Your doctor may increase the dose at weekly intervals by adding 100 mg twice a day for Tegretol-XR, 3 or 4 times a day for the other forms. Total daily dosage should generally not exceed 1,000 mg. The usual daily dosage range for maintenance is 400 to 800 mg.

The usual daily starting dose for children under 6 years of age is 10 to 20 mg per 2.2 pounds of body weight. The total daily dose is divided into smaller doses taken 2 or 3 times a day for tablets or 4 times a day for suspension. Daily dosage should not exceed 35 mg per 2.2 pounds.

OLDER ADULTS

To help determine the ideal dosage, your doctor may decide to periodically check the level of Tegretol in your blood.

Side Effects.

Serious side effects include dangerously low red and white blood cell counts.

Severe skin reactions can occur as well as serious liver abnormalities, such as hepatitis, resulting in jaundice. Low sodium levels and thyroid abnormalities have been described.

Minor more common side effects include:
- Dizziness;
- Nausea;
- Unsteadiness;
- Vomiting;

Tegretol side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
- Vomiting;
- Unsteadiness;
- Sensitivity To Light Swelling;
- Rash;
- Nausea;
- Hives;
- Drowsiness;
- Bone Marrow Suppression;
- Blood Pressure Changes;
- Dizziness;
- Allergic Reactions;
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