What is Carbamazepine?

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Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant used to treat partial and mixed seizure patterns, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and trigeminal neuralgia. It may also be used to treat resistant schizophrenia, alcohol withdrawal, restless leg syndrome and post traumatic stress disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 2726 396
Bipolar disorder 645 34
Trigeminal neuralgia 361 69
Bipolar II disorder 134 19
Bipolar I disorder 116 16
Trigeminal neuralgia 116 53

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 127
Moderate 197
Mild 188
None 182

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Carbamazepine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 40
Dizziness 33
Drowsiness 25
Sleepiness 23
Nausea 21
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 19

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carbamazepine

Dosage Patients Percentage
200 mg twice daily 5
800 mg daily 5
200 mg daily 4
100 mg daily 3
400 mg daily 3
100 mg twice daily 2
300 mg daily 1
200 mg three times daily 1
300 mg twice daily 1
600 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Carbamazepine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 237
Did not seem to work 230
Doctor's advice 188
Other 102
Course of treatment ended 32
Personal research 27
Expense 20
Change in health plan coverage 15
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Duration

Currently taking Carbamazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 5
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Carbamazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 123
1 - 6 months 98
6 months - 1 year 54
1 - 2 years 71
2 - 5 years 95
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 71
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 551
Usually 94
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 52
Somewhat hard to take 68
A little hard to take 118
Not at all hard to take 456
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 25
$100-199 17
$50-99 36
$25-49 59
< $25 295
Not specified 262

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Carbamazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 16
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 15
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 13
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 9
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 8

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Patients stopped taking Carbamazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 24
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 15
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 11
Topiramate (Topamax) 8
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 7

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68 patient evaluations for Carbamazepine

Apr 27, 2018 (Started Apr 29, 1986)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily

Jul 11, 2017 (Started Apr 29, 1986)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (eating disorder)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It may have helped to control my complex-partial seizure but my MD has been trying to gradually reduce the dose over a long time.

Nov 18, 2010 (Started Apr 29, 1986)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (eating disorder)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

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Nov 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: This medicine worked in reducing my front lobe seizures, but at night, I was still seizing so switched to another drug, Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) which has worked extremely well for over a year. =No seizures
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 23, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1970)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (erectile dysfunction, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This drug is NOT for the big seizures, but the mild ones.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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