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 750 394
Trigeminal neuralgia 97 53
Trigeminal neuralgia 96 65
Bipolar disorder 81 34
Pain 42 10

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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 124
Moderate 199
Mild 187
None 177

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Carbamazepine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Fatigue 39
Dizziness 32
Drowsiness 23
Sleepiness 23
Nausea 20
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 19

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carbamazepine

Dosage Patients Percentage
200 mg twice daily 11
400 mg daily 8
200 mg daily 7
800 mg daily 7
100 mg twice daily 4
400 mg twice daily 4
100 mg daily 3
600 mg daily 3
1200 mg daily 3
300 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Carbamazepine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 228
Did not seem to work 218
Doctor's advice 185
Other 95
Course of treatment ended 30
Personal research 26
Expense 20
Change in health plan coverage 15
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Duration

Currently taking Carbamazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 30

Stopped taking Carbamazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 122
1 - 6 months 100
6 months - 1 year 53
1 - 2 years 75
2 - 5 years 92
5 - 10 years 66
10 years or more 70
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 547
Usually 94
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 49
Somewhat hard to take 69
A little hard to take 116
Not at all hard to take 453
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 24
$100-199 16
$50-99 36
$25-49 58
< $25 292
Not specified 261

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Carbamazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 14
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 11
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 11
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 8
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 7

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Patients stopped taking Carbamazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 15
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 10
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 8
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 5

Show all 31 treatments patients report switching to

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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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