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 310 146
Bipolar disorder 136 77
Pain 52 26
Trigeminal neuralgia 37 21
Bipolar II disorder 30 19
Bipolar I disorder 23 14

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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
Severe
76
Moderate
103
Mild
102
None
101

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxcarbazepine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 17
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 14
Fatigue 13
Dry mouth 12
Drowsiness 11
Low blood sodium (hyponatremia) 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 17
150 mg twice daily 15
300 mg daily 10
150 mg daily 9
600 mg twice daily 9
600 mg daily 8
900 mg daily 5
1,200 mg daily 5
450 mg daily 4
450 mg twice daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 120
Did not seem to work 113
Doctor's advice 85
Other 48
Expense 12
Personal research 12
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 10
See all 269 patients who've stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration

Currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 2
1 - 6 months 6
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 19
2 - 5 years 25
5 - 10 years 23
10 years or more 13

Stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 59
1 - 6 months 81
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 34
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 316
Usually 45
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 52
A little hard to take 49
Not at all hard to take 255
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 13
$50-99 21
$25-49 25
< $25 169
Not specified 147

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxcarbazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 12
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 9
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 8
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 8
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 5

Show all 24 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 6
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 6
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 2

Show all 22 treatments patients report switching to

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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: 300 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 (fatigue, deadened emotions)
  • 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 legs)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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