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 314 150
Bipolar disorder 147 83
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 106
Mild 106
None 105

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 14
300 mg daily 10
600 mg twice daily 9
600 mg daily 7
150 mg daily 6
300 mg three times daily 4
900 mg daily 4
1,200 mg 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 50
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 1
1 - 6 months 7
6 months - 1 year 11
1 - 2 years 17
2 - 5 years 27
5 - 10 years 17
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 37
5 - 10 years 18
10 years or more 6
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 327
Usually 46
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 51
Not at all hard to take 264
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 7
$100-199 13
$50-99 22
$25-49 25
< $25 174
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

Nov 30, 2016 (Started Aug 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 150 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: 150 mg Daily

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Dec 21, 2013 (Started Nov 20, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for pain in gums)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weakness in leg(s))
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

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