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 86
Pain 52 26
Bipolar II disorder 41 22
Trigeminal neuralgia 38 21
Bipolar I disorder 27 15

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 78
Moderate 107
Mild 106
None 106

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
300 mg twice daily 12
150 mg twice daily 10
300 mg daily 8
150 mg daily 6
600 mg daily 5
600 mg twice daily 4
300 mg three times daily 3
1200 mg daily 3
150 mg three times daily 2
900 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Side effects too severe 123
Did not seem to work 119
Doctor's advice 86
Other 49
Personal research 14
Expense 12
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 10
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Duration

Currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 10
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 10

Stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 64
1 - 6 months 82
6 months - 1 year 44
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 7
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 329
Usually 46
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 51
A little hard to take 52
Not at all hard to take 267
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 13
$50-99 22
$25-49 25
< $25 173
Not specified 157

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) 12
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 9
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
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 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

  • 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: 150 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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