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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to oxcarbazepine.
To make sure you can safely take oxcarbazepine, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several months of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.
Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether oxcarbazepine will harm an unborn baby. Having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both mother and baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Follow your doctor's instructions about taking oxcarbazepine while you are pregnant.
Oxcarbazepine can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking oxcarbazepine.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of oxcarbazepine on the baby.
Oxcarbazepine can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are taking oxcarbazepine.
Do not give this medication to a child younger than 2 years old.
How should I take oxcarbazepine (Trileptal)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Oxcarbazepine should be taken twice daily.
Take oxcarbazepine with a full glass of water.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. To be sure you get the correct dose, use the oral dosing syringe provided with this medicine. If you did not receive an oral syringe with your medication, ask your pharmacist for one.
Give the oral liquid directly from the oral syringe, or mix the medicine with a small glass of water. After using the syringe, rinse it with water and allow it to air dry.
Use oxcarbazepine regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Do not stop using oxcarbazepine without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using oxcarbazepine suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
While using oxcarbazepine, you may need blood tests at your doctor's office. Visit your doctor regularly.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take oxcarbazepine. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you are using oxcarbazepine.
Seizures are often treated with a combination of drugs. Use all medications as directed by your doctor. Read the medication guide or patient instructions provided with each medication. Do not change your doses or medication schedule without your doctor's advice.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Throw away any unused tablets 7 weeks after opening the bottle.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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