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 313 149
Bipolar disorder 146 82
Pain 52 26
Bipolar II disorder 37 21
Trigeminal neuralgia 37 21
Bipolar I disorder 25 15

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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 77
Moderate 105
Mild 106
None 104

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
Problems concentrating 11

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Dosage Patients
300 mg twice daily 20
150 mg twice daily 18
600 mg twice daily 14
300 mg daily 9
150 mg daily 7
600 mg daily 6
1,200 mg daily 6
900 mg daily 5
300 mg three times daily 4
1,800 mg daily 3

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Why patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 122
Did not seem to work 116
Doctor's advice 85
Other 49
Expense 12
Personal research 12
Change in health plan coverage 11
Course of treatment ended 10
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Duration

Currently taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 9
1 - 2 years 18
2 - 5 years 33
5 - 10 years 19
10 years or more 17

Stopped taking Oxcarbazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 61
1 - 6 months 81
6 months - 1 year 43
1 - 2 years 33
2 - 5 years 36
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 326
Usually 45
Sometimes 10
Never taken as prescribed 11
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 52
A little hard to take 50
Not at all hard to take 263
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 13
$50-99 22
$25-49 25
< $25 172
Not specified 153

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Oxcarbazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 12
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 10
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 9
Carbamazepine (Tegretol) 8
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 5

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Patients stopped taking Oxcarbazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 7
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 6
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 5
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 5
Aripiprazole (Abilify) 2

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34 patient evaluations for Oxcarbazepine

Jan 1, 2003 (Started Nov 01, 2002)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for pain)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg/5 mL Daily

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