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Carbamazepine

Drug Class: Commonly Known As: Category:
Anticonvulsant Tegretol®, Apo-Carbamazepine®, Neurotop® Children, Adult

Carbamazepine - Dosage and How to Use

How should Carbamazepine be used?

  • Carbamazepine is usually taken 2 to 3 times daily. The doctor may starton a low dose and then slowly increase the dose. Follow the instructions on the label carefully and take your medicine regularly. Ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure.
  • Do not take this medication more often than directed and do not stop unless instructed by your doctor. Stopping this medicine too rapidly can increase the risk of seizures or fits.
  • Do not change brands or dosage forms without informing your doctor.
  • Oral liquid form / Suspension:​
    Shake well before using. Use a medicine spoon or graduated syringe provided to measure your medicine. Do not use household spoons as they may not be accurate. It should be taken with or after food.
  • Tablets:
    ​Swallow tablets whole with a glass of water. It should be taken with or after food.
  • Extended-release tablets (e.g. Tegretol CR®):
    ​These tablets are specially designed to release the medicine slowly over a period. Swallow the tablets whole with a glass of water. The tablet could be cut into two and swallow one piece at a time if the whole tablet is too big to be swallowed. However, they should not be chewed or crushed. It should be taken with or after food.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

  • Take the dose as soon as you remember and then continue to take it as you normally would. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take your next dose at the usual time.
  • Do not double or increase the dose.
  • If you/your child has missed more than two doses or you are not sure of what to do, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Ensure that you/your child has at least 2 weeks supply of medication at all times. If you/your child has less than 2 weeks medication supplies, please ensure that you have made an appointment with the neurologist or arranged to collect more medication.

What should I do if I overdose?

  • Updated on Saturday, October 7, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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