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 302 145
bipolar disorder 115 68
Pain 51 25
Trigeminal neuralgia 37 21
bipolar II disorder 26 20
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 74
Moderate 98
Mild 99
None 95

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Oxcarbazepine

Side effect Patients
Dizziness 16
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 13
Fatigue 13
Drowsiness 11
Dry mouth 11
Tiredness 10

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 17
150 mg twice daily 13
300 mg daily 11
150 mg daily 7
600 mg daily 7
1,200 mg daily 7
600 mg twice daily 7
900 mg daily 4
900 mg twice daily 3
300 mg/5 mL twice daily 2

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Why patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 113
Did not seem to work 107
Doctor's advice 81
Other 44
Personal research 12
Expense 11
Change in health plan coverage 10
Course of treatment ended 10
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Duration

Currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 21
2 - 5 years 18
5 - 10 years 20
10 years or more 15

Stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 52
1 - 6 months 80
6 months - 1 year 41
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 32
5 - 10 years 16
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 303
Usually 43
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 10
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 49
A little hard to take 48
Not at all hard to take 243
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 13
$50-99 21
$25-49 24
< $25 166
Not specified 135

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxcarbazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 11
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 8
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 7
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 7
Quetiapine (Seroquel) 5

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Patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 4
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 4
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 3
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 2
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 2

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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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