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 753 395
Trigeminal neuralgia 97 51
Trigeminal neuralgia 90 61
Bipolar disorder 82 36
Pain 42 10

Show all 128 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 123
Moderate 197
Mild 184
None 177

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Carbamazepine

Side effect Patients
Fatigue 38
Dizziness 32
Drowsiness 23
Sleepiness 23
Nausea 19
Weight gain 19

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Carbamazepine

Dosage Patients
200 mg twice daily 13
400 mg daily 12
400 mg twice daily 7
200 mg daily 6
200 mg three times daily 6
300 mg twice daily 6
600 mg daily 6
800 mg daily 6
100 mg twice daily 4
1,000 mg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Carbamazepine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Side effects too severe 226
Did not seem to work 215
Doctor's advice 181
Other 94
Course of treatment ended 30
Personal research 26
Expense 20
Change in health plan coverage 15
See all 554 patients who've stopped taking Carbamazepine

Duration

Currently taking Carbamazepine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 4
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 16
5 - 10 years 28
10 years or more 34

Stopped taking Carbamazepine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 121
1 - 6 months 97
6 months - 1 year 51
1 - 2 years 73
2 - 5 years 91
5 - 10 years 67
10 years or more 70
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 542
Usually 93
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 28
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 48
Somewhat hard to take 70
A little hard to take 114
Not at all hard to take 449
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 24
$100-199 18
$50-99 36
$25-49 54
< $25 287
Not specified 262

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Carbamazepine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Divalproex sodium (Depakote) 14
Lithium Carbonate (Lithium Carbonate ER) 11
Phenytoin (Dilantin) 10
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 7
Levetiracetam (Keppra) 7

Show all 35 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Carbamazepine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 15
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

Mar 1, 2014 (Started Sep 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for buzzing vibration sensation)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

Nov 15, 2011 (Started Sep 06, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for restless feeling in legs)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

May 14, 2013 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily

Jun 20, 2012 (Started Jan 01, 2001)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for seizures)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: My wife sets out all my medications. otherwise I know that I would forget often. Have someone help remind you.

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 1, 2012 (Started Jun 30, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (problems concentrating, depressed mood, sleepiness, dizzy spells, mood swings, anxious mood)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 800 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: this was the most awful medication i have ever taken in my hole entire life, i was always dizzy, felt depressed, couldn't concentrate, always tired. just awful.

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