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 1180 152
Bipolar disorder 767 92
Bipolar II disorder 147 22
Bipolar I disorder 120 16
Pain 56 26
Trigeminal neuralgia 41 21

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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 81
Moderate 109
Mild 105
None 111

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxcarbazepine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 19
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 14
Fatigue 14
Drowsiness 12
Dry mouth 12
Problems concentrating 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Dosage Patients Percentage
600 mg twice daily 6
150 mg twice daily 5
300 mg twice daily 5
150 mg daily 3
300 mg daily 2
1200 mg daily 2
375 mg daily 1
450 mg daily 1
600 mg daily 1
900 mg daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

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Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 130
Side effects too severe 126
Doctor's advice 89
Other 52
Personal research 17
Expense 12
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 10
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Duration

Currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 9

Stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 65
1 - 6 months 83
6 months - 1 year 45
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 39
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 8
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 335
Usually 48
Sometimes 11
Never taken as prescribed 12
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 51
A little hard to take 53
Not at all hard to take 273
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 7
$100-199 13
$50-99 22
$25-49 25
< $25 174
Not specified 165

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxcarbazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 16
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 15
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 14
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 12
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 7

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Patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 10
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 7
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 7
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 7
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 4

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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: 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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