What is Trileptal?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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Generic name: Oxcarbazepine

Trileptal is a brand name for the drug oxcarbazepine. It is an anticonvulsant used to treat certain types of seizures in people who have epilepsy. It works by decreasing abnormal excitement in the brain.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 117 60
Bipolar disorder 78 40
Pain 25 11
Trigeminal neuralgia 21 8
Bipolar II disorder 16 14
Bipolar I disorder 11 6

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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
33
Moderate
48
Mild
49
None
63

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Trileptal

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 9
Headaches 8
Drowsiness 7
Dry mouth 7
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 7
Problems concentrating 6

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Trileptal

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 7
300 mg daily 6
900 mg daily 5
150 mg twice daily 4
150 mg daily 3
600 mg daily 3
600 mg twice daily 3
150 mg three times daily 2
450 mg twice daily 2
135,000 mg twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Trileptal

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 63
Did not seem to work 62
Doctor's advice 39
Other 26
Expense 7
Personal research 6
Change in health plan coverage 4
Course of treatment ended 3
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Duration

Currently taking Trileptal

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Trileptal

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 29
1 - 6 months 39
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 20
2 - 5 years 23
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 159
Usually 24
Sometimes 6
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 16
Somewhat hard to take 25
A little hard to take 27
Not at all hard to take 125
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 6
$100-199 7
$50-99 11
$25-49 10
< $25 79
Not specified 80

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Trileptal after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 6
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 4
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Trileptal and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 3
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 2
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 1

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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20 patient evaluations for Trileptal

Oct 21, 2012 (Started Oct 17, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence), dizziness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 11 x 300 mg/5 mL Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 15, 2011 (Started Aug 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 14, 2010 (Started Aug 22, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (tiredness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Unless I take this on a very full stomach it makes me very sleepy so I recommend eating a very large breakfast before taking it in the mornings. However, I take twice as much at night and cannot sleep, I don't understand that. Either way if you are taking this medication in the morning there is a good chance it is going to make you want to go back to bed.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Jul 7, 2011 (Started May 31, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (emotional lability)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: emotional lability

Aug 9, 2009 (Started May 31, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (emotional lability)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: emotional lability

  • 0 helpful marks
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