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 302 149
Bipolar Disorder 95 57
Pain 48 24
Trigeminal neuralgia 37 21
Bipolar II Disorder 27 22
Seizures (complex partial) 21 18

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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 96
Mild 96
None 91

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxcarbazepine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 17
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 13
Fatigue 13
Drowsiness 11
Dry mouth 11
Low blood sodium (hyponatremia) 9

Show all 194 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 11
150 mg twice daily 9
150 mg daily 8
1,200 mg daily 7
300 mg daily 6
900 mg daily 5
600 mg twice daily 5
600 mg daily 4
300 mg three times daily 3
450 mg daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 111
Did not seem to work 102
Doctor's advice 77
Other 43
Personal research 12
Course of treatment ended 10
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 9
See all 244 patients who’ve stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration

Currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 13
1 - 2 years 12
2 - 5 years 15
5 - 10 years 17
10 years or more 11

Stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 49
1 - 6 months 76
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 29
2 - 5 years 30
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 297
Usually 43
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 9
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 51
A little hard to take 48
Not at all hard to take 234
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 13
$50-99 21
$25-49 23
< $25 165
Not specified 129

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxcarbazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 10
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 7
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 6
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 4

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 4
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 3
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 2
Baclofen (Mylan-Baclofen) 1

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching to

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34 patient evaluations for Oxcarbazepine

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vateresa
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vateresa
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Bulbar: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: none
Legs: mild
I am: vg
I have:
ALS

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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

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kaitmeister
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kaitmeister
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Moderate
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
Major Depressive Disorder

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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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kljones
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kljones
Sex: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Relapse: Moderate
Sensation: None
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: n
I have:
MS

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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

  • 0 helpful marks
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