9 patient evaluations for Oxcarbazepine with a side effects rating of Severe

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Aug 31, 2011 (Started Jan 10, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for pain)
  • Side effects
    Severe (high sodium levels)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I've had major problems w/high sodium levels from this. Passed out and was hospitalized for 3 weeks. But, it helps a lot with my leg, butt, low back pain. Had to gradually get used to lower dose; still wish I could take more.
Cost: $50-99 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 7, 2011 (Started May 31, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (emotional lability)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: emotional lability

Aug 9, 2009 (Started May 31, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (emotional lability)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: emotional lability

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2010 (Started Nov 03, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (weight gain, depressed mood)
  • 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 (weight gain, depressed mood)
  • 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 (weight gain, depressed mood)
  • 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 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

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

Apr 1, 2010 (Started Feb 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg/5 mL Daily
Advice & Tips: Though the drug made be extremely sleeping all day, it seemed to help Parkinson's symptoms such as tremors and pain.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

Feb 15, 2010 (Started Feb 18, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1200 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: fatigue

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 20, 2008 (Started Feb 04, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (exhaustion, frustration, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: NOTE: Prior to my surgery (left temporal lobectomy) I did NOT have a problem with Trileptal (at least not that I know of). But shortly after surgery (October 14, 2008) I had a major problem that put me back in the hospital for a week. Somehow the Trileptal was making my body need salt really bad. I was sooooooo out of it. Tired, sick; very scary. But the doctors figured it out and took me off of Trileptal and I fairly quickly got better. Had to keep having my blood tested at least a couple times a week for many weeks.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: frustration, exhaustion, fatigue

Oct 18, 2008 (Started Feb 04, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (exhaustion, frustration, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: After my left temporal lobectomy I became negatively affected by Trileptal. It affected my salt level in my blood and I went back into the hospital for about a week.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: frustration, exhaustion, fatigue

  • 0 helpful marks

May 1, 2008 (Started Apr 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (hallucinations, rashes (redness, swelling))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Hallucinations and schizophrenia... 3 yrs of hallucinogens has this effect I have to conclude...
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: hallucinations, rashes (redness, swelling), rashes (redness, swelling)

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2007 (Started Sep 15, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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