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 301 148
Bipolar Disorder 80 48
Pain 46 23
Trigeminal neuralgia 36 20
Bipolar II Disorder 26 21
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 75
Moderate 95
Mild 92
None 82

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) 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 7
300 mg daily 6
900 mg daily 6
150 mg twice daily 5
600 mg twice daily 5
150 mg daily 4
600 mg daily 3
750 mg daily 3
1,200 mg 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 109
Did not seem to work 98
Doctor's advice 74
Other 42
Personal research 11
Course of treatment ended 10
Expense 10
Change in health plan coverage 9
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Duration

Currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 7
1 - 2 years 11
2 - 5 years 10
5 - 10 years 14
10 years or more 8

Stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 47
1 - 6 months 75
6 months - 1 year 40
1 - 2 years 28
2 - 5 years 29
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 284
Usually 41
Sometimes 9
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 51
A little hard to take 45
Not at all hard to take 222
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 8
$100-199 13
$50-99 21
$25-49 23
< $25 157
Not specified 122

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxcarbazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 9
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 7
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 6
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 3
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 3

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Patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine and switched to:

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

Show all 13 treatments patients report switching to

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34 patient evaluations for Oxcarbazepine

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kaitmeister
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kaitmeister
Gender: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
28 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: vb
I have:
Bipolar II

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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

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chrissysaurus
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chrissysaurus
Data Quality: 2 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 31y
  • Duration: 12 yrs
PRO survey: PRO 3
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: None
0 seizures
41 weeks ago
I am: n
I have:
Epilepsy

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May 17, 2013 (Started Mar 26, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Word fishing, Blurry vision, Weight gain, Restlessness, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain, Restlessness, Blurry vision, Word fishing

May 31, 2012 (Started Mar 26, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (Word fishing, Blurry vision, Weight gain, Restlessness, Fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 900 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ever since I started taking Trileptal, its been an interesting experience. It has tamed my seizures somewhat, but not on its own. The side effects can be annoying sometimes, and has lowered by blood sodium several times (gotta be careful for that!) Beware of drowsiness and possible weight gain!
Cost: $50-99 monthly
Side effects: Weight gain, Restlessness, Blurry vision, Word fishing

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