34 patient evaluations for Oxcarbazepine

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Dec 15, 2010 (Started Nov 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (depressed mood, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This was added to my Lamictal to try to control my seizures. I was never able to increase the dose beyond 75 mg twice a day. It caused me to retain fluid, elevate my blood pressure and made me extremely fatigued. Ended up being admitted through the ER with a blood pressure of 203/109. No other cause was found. I have now started titrating Lyrica and hope that will work.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressed mood, weight gain, depressed mood, weight gain

Dec 13, 2010 (Started Nov 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (depressed mood, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I was unable to take the prescribed dosage of 150 MG twice daily. It made me very lethargic and flat. I had no interest in getting off the couch. The sedation is intolerable. I have been on 75 mg twice daily for a month. That isn't stopping the small seizures.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressed mood, weight gain, depressed mood, weight gain

Dec 5, 2010 (Started Nov 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (depressed mood, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Sedation and memory problems when titrating. Couldn't increase to 150mg twice daily because of severe effect of increased dosage
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: depressed mood, weight gain, depressed mood, weight gain

  • 1 helpful mark

Nov 18, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Mild (sensitivity to sudden loud noises, wake up feeling just as tired as before nap)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: i remember taking all my meds by putting them all in a am pm weekly pill box. it helps me greatly. I am a forgetful person due to brain surgery. question # 2 and 3 are answered by taking all my meds together i take 4 meds that work together to keep my siezures under control.
Side effects: wake up feeling just as tired as before nap, sensitivity to sudden loud noises, sensitivity to sudden loud noises

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 18, 2010 (Started Nov 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Severe (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: For the week I took this medication, admittedly immediately after stopping 100 mg Lamictal abruptly, I experienced a drugged feel, significant tiredness, and brain fog/an inability to think clearly. I started at 300 mg twice a day and was supposed to add another 300 mg in the morning, but given how I felt my doctor advised me to stop taking the medication altogether. Hmmm, I wonder what I get to try next?
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: brain fog, tiredness, tiredness

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 18, 2010 (Started Apr 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for depressed mood)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg/5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Taking this completely changed my life. For years my depression had been misdiagnosed as chemical when it was actually the result of a head injury when I was 5. A psychiatrist who actually bothered to take a detailed history decided to try giving me an anti-convulsant to treat the organic injury rather than just treat the symptoms. Within a week it had almost completely changed my mood and got rid of the PTSD-like thoughts that had dominated my life for decades. That doctor changed my life. Thank you.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 10, 2010 (Started Aug 06, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (muscle shaking)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I got toxic on even a slight increase in my dosage, but the right amount really does the job.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: muscle shaking

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 28, 2010 (Started Jun 10, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (short term memory problems, dizzy spells)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: short term memory problems, dizzy spells

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 13, 2010 (Started May 14, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 18, 2010 (Started Sep 04, 2004)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg/5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Caused low sodium even with fluid restrictive diet .Increased edema to lower extremities.I also experienced more shortness of air.Frequent irregular. heartbeat PVC's & PAC's.Felt upper abdominal fullness and weight gain even with exercise and diet.Craved carbs on this medicine.Felt brain fog much of time.It also made me feel pretty "so who cares!" about many things.This is just not the normal me.Needed more frequent inhaler and nebulizer treatments on this medicine.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 1, 2010 (Started Jul 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for trigeminal neuralgia)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weakness in leg(s))
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I found that Trileptal alleviated my facial/ear/head pain! Trigeminal neuralgia is the worst pain anyone can experience. It is debilitating. Trileptal calmed the nerve so I was able to sleep and somewhat function, until inflammation diminished. But, it makes me woozy, and weakened my legs. I fell a lot while taking this med.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

May 6, 2010 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for muscle spasms in legs)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 3 x 300 mg/5 mL Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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