What is Carbamazepine?

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Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant used to treat partial and mixed seizure patterns, generalized tonic-clonic seizures and trigeminal neuralgia. It may also be used to treat resistant schizophrenia, alcohol withdrawal, restless leg syndrome and post traumatic stress disorder.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Epilepsy 752 388
Trigeminal neuralgia 97 51
Trigeminal neuralgia 84 62
Bipolar disorder 78 34
Pain 43 10

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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
122
Moderate
194
Mild
180
None
173

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Carbamazepine

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 39
Dizziness 32
Sleepiness 23
Drowsiness 22
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 18
Tiredness 18

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carbamazepine

Dosage Patients
400 mg daily 18
200 mg twice daily 17
400 mg twice daily 12
600 mg daily 8
1,200 mg daily 8
200 mg daily 7
1,000 mg daily 6
800 mg daily 5
100 mg daily 4
300 mg twice daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Carbamazepine

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Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 223
Did not seem to work 211
Doctor's advice 178
Other 93
Course of treatment ended 30
Personal research 26
Expense 20
Change in health plan coverage 15
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Duration

Currently taking Carbamazepine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 28
5 - 10 years 36
10 years or more 47

Stopped taking Carbamazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 119
1 - 6 months 92
6 months - 1 year 52
1 - 2 years 72
2 - 5 years 88
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 70
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 530
Usually 94
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 27
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 48
Somewhat hard to take 68
A little hard to take 116
Not at all hard to take 437
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 24
$100-199 18
$50-99 33
$25-49 54
< $25 282
Not specified 258

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Carbamazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 13
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 11
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 8
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 7
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 7

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Patients stopped taking Carbamazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 16
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 8
Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) 7
Topiramate (Topamax) 7
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 5

Show all 30 treatments patients report switching to

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68 patient evaluations for Carbamazepine

Jul 11, 2017 (Started Apr 29, 1986)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Mild (eating disorder)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: It may have helped to control my complex-partial seizure but my MD has been trying to gradually reduce the dose over a long time.

Nov 18, 2010 (Started Apr 29, 1986)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for seizures (complex partial))
  • Side effects
    Moderate (eating disorder)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 600 mg Daily

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Nov 30, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (unrefreshing or poor sleep)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: This medicine worked in reducing my front lobe seizures, but at night, I was still seizing so switched to another drug, Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) which has worked extremely well for over a year. =No seizures
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Sep 23, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1970)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (weight gain, erectile dysfunction)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: This drug is NOT for the big seizures, but the mild ones.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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