Carbamazepine – FAQs

Carbamazepine is used to certain types of epilepsy. It also has a role in stabilizing the mood of patients with bipolar depression, especially in the treatment of manic episodes. Carbamazepine, also, improves sleep in some people and reduces anxiety and stress.

Carbamazepine is prescribed as  an analgesic for nerve pain, especially trigeminal nerve infections, neuropathies that affect diabetics and cause them numbness in the extremities.

The dose of Carbamazepine is determined individually for each patient, based on various factors, and often starts with low doses and then increases the dose gradually. In most cases, the patient begins to improve after 2 to 3 weeks from the start of treatment with Carbamazepine, and treatment with Carbamazepine can continue for a period of time. Ranging from 3 months to 24 months, depending on each case.

Carbamazepine Brand names & Pharmaceutical Forms

Carbamazepine sold under different brand & gerneric names such as:

  1. Tegretol
  2. Carbatol
  3. Neurotop
  4. Epitol
  5. Equetro
  6. Tonoclone
  7. Carbapex
  8. Epimazepine
  9. Mazemal
  10. Neurofutal
  11. Tegral
  12. Tegrapin

Does Carbamazepine affect other medicines?

Carbamazepine is known to stimulate liver enzymes responsible for the metabolism of other drugs. Carbamazepine makes the body get rid of other drugs faster, and this leads to a decrease in the effectiveness of these medicines. Therefore, the patient may need to increase the dose of other medications while being treated with Carbamazepine.

Before your doctor prescribes Carbamazepine, make sure you tell the doctor about all the other medicines you are taking, especially those that affect the mental and nervous condition. If you are already being treated with Carbamazepine, make sure your doctor knows about this before prescribing new medicines for you.

Does Carbamazepine used to treat hiccups?!

The hiccups are repeated involuntary contractions of the diaphragm muscle, and these contractions are accompanied by the closing of the epiglottis with the cessation of inhalation, which causes the characteristic hiccup sound. A hiccup episode can last from minutes to several hours, and sometimes a hiccup episode can last for two days up to 30 days.

Hiccups that last for more than 48 hours require medical treatment, because these episodes can lead to health problems such as weight loss, insomnia, fatigue, dehydration, and sometimes heart rhythm problems.

Carbamazepine is a drug primarily prescribed to treat epilepsy, mental disorders, and neuralgia, but it can also be prescribed to treat hiccups. Carbamazepine reduces the rate of nerve impulses, and this calms the diaphragm muscle contractions, which contributes to the patient’s improvement, but due to the sedative properties of the drug, it is not considered the first choice for treatment.

Does carbamazepine causes erectile dysfunction?

Carbamazepine may cause some sexual disorders such as problems with ejaculation or impotence, and sometimes a slight lack of desire, especially with high doses or when used for long periods, due to the fact that carbamazepine leads to an increase in prolactin levels in the blood.

High levels of prolactin in men may lead to gynecomastia (breast enlargement), poor sexual desire and ability, and in women, an increase in prolactin in the blood may lead to menstrual disorders, secretion of breast milk, fertility problems, and difficulty conceiving.

Does carbamazepine make you gain weight?

Carbamazepine does not increase weight unless the person has a strong tendency to gain weight, such as the presence of a history in the family of obesity. Carbamazepine may increase the appetite slightly.

What is the difference between regular Carbamazepine and Carbamazepine CR?

Carbamazepine CR is a modified-release tablets or capsules , meaning that the effect of CR form extends in the body for a longer period than regular Carbamazepine form.

Doctors often prescribe CR form in chronic cases, by taking one pill every 12 hours. However, regular Carbamazepine pills are mostly prescribed in acute cases (meaning that do not require treatment for a long time) and a pill can be taken every 8 hours. Always follow your doctor’s instructions regarding dosage, strength, formulation, and duration of treatment.

Is Carbamazepine hypnotic?

Carbamazepine is not a hypnotic. Carbamazepine may cause drowsiness or feeling sleepy as a side effect, especially at the beginning of use. Carbamazepine should not be prescribed  to treat sleep disorders and insomnia. However, Carbamazepine may be prescribed along with other medicines to treat certain mental and nervous disorders that can cause sleep problems or disturbances.

Is Carbamazepine a narcotic drugs?

Carbamazepine is not a narcotic drugs, taking Carbamazepine in large doses will not make you high as narcotic drugs, but it may cause you to feel sleepy , and may cause you severe health problems as a result of excessive doses.

Advice: Do not take Carbamazepine on your own, and stick to the dose and duration of treatment that your doctor has decided for you, do not repeat this medication without consulting your doctor, do not prescribe it to others even if they suffer from the same symptoms as you.

How long does Carbamazepine take to work?

Improvement is not immediate. After you start treatment with Carbamazepine, it may take several weeks (about 2 to 4 weeks) before you feel full improvement in your condition. It is also important to take your medicine according to the doctor’s instructions –  do not to stop taking the medicine or change the dose being taken, without consulting the doctor.

What happen if I suddenly stop  Carbamazepine?

Sudden discontinuation of Carbamazepine can lead to the following withdrawal symptoms: dizziness, a tingling sensation, sleep disturbances (active dreams, nightmares, insomnia), anxiety, headache, nausea, vomiting, sweating, feeling irritable or lack of sleep, tremor, feeling disoriented , emotional instability, diarrhea, visual disturbances, fast heartbeat (palpitations).

All these previous symptoms are affordable and last for few days. it is advisable to stop Carbamazepine gradually to avoid these withdrawal symptoms.

Can Carbamazepine prescribe for postpartum depression?

Postpartum depression is a psychological disorder that affects about 2% of women after childbirth, especially after the first birth. Postpartum depression is a disorder that requires treatment with antidepressant drugs.

Carbamazepine is a drug commonly prescribed, along with other medications, during a course of treatment for postpartum depression. Carbamazepine works by blocking the action of some neurotransmitters, such as dopamine and noradrenaline, which makes it effective in controlling symptoms OF Postpartum depression.


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