33 patient evaluations for Oxcarbazepine

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Nov 30, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Had to get the right dosage and to take at night, but now working really well to keep front temporal lobe seizures away.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 14, 2015 (Started May 14, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for major depressive disorder)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (deadened emotions, fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 21, 2013 (Started Nov 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in gums)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weakness in leg(s))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 21, 2012 (Started Oct 17, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 11 x 300 mg/5 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 14, 2012 (Started Mar 08, 2000)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (poor working memory)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2011 (Started Aug 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 14, 2010 (Started Aug 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Unless I take this on a very full stomach it makes me very sleepy so I recommend eating a very large breakfast before taking it in the mornings. However, I take twice as much at night and cannot sleep, I don't understand that. Either way if you are taking this medication in the morning there is a good chance it is going to make you want to go back to bed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

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: 900 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

Jan 5, 2011 (Started Nov 17, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vertigo)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Had very bad vertigo attack that lasted for over 1 week. Dr. prescribed additional dosage of meclizine which helped.
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: vertigo

Oct 20, 2010 (Started Nov 17, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for seizures (grand mal or tonic-clonic))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (vertigo)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Stick too it - it works
Cost: $100-199 monthly
Side effects: vertigo

  • 1 helpful mark

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
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