What is Oxcarbazepine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Trileptal Oxtellar XR Oleptal

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Oxcarbazepine is used to treat certain types of seizures in people who have epilepsy. It is an anticonvulsant. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 314 150
Bipolar disorder 161 89
Pain 52 26
Bipolar II disorder 43 22
Trigeminal neuralgia 38 21
Bipolar I disorder 27 16

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  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 79
Moderate 108
Mild 106
None 108

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxcarbazepine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 18
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 14
Fatigue 14
Dry mouth 12
Problems concentrating 12
Drowsiness 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Dosage Patients Percentage
150 mg twice daily 11
300 mg twice daily 11
150 mg daily 6
1200 mg daily 6
600 mg twice daily 6
600 mg daily 5
300 mg daily 4
150 mg three times daily 2
375 mg daily 1
300 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 124
Did not seem to work 121
Doctor's advice 87
Other 50
Personal research 15
Expense 12
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 10
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Duration

Currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 15
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 65
1 - 6 months 82
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 332
Usually 46
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 51
A little hard to take 53
Not at all hard to take 270
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 13
$50-99 22
$25-49 25
< $25 175
Not specified 159

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxcarbazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 12
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 12
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 11
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 10
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 5

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Patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 7
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 6
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 3

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34 patient evaluations for Oxcarbazepine

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

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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

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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

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