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Generic Tegretol is an anticonvulsant drug which is mainly used in treating epilepsy as well as bipolar disorder. It can be used in treatment of other conditions as well, such as trigeminal neuralgia, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, phantom limb syndrome, schizophrenia, complex regional pain syndrome, neuromyotonia, borderline personality disorder, etc. Its generic name is carbamazepine and its brand names include Acetol, Carbacontin and Mazetol, to name a few.
Classification and Mechanism of Action.
Generic Tegretol is an anticonvulsant drug. It stabilizes Voltage-gated sodium channels and making the affected cells less excitable. It can also potentiate GABA receptors which have further beneficial effects on epileptic people and people who are in need of some level of mood stabilization.
Looking after your drug.
Keep your Generic Tegretol in a dark, dry and cool place away from children. Throw away any medication that has expired and order new Generic Tegretol online.
How to take the medication.
Generic carbamazepine needs to be taken as per instructions of the doctor. It is essential that you take exactly the dosages that were prescribed and that you take your drug regularly. You may need to use it for longer period of time before you notice the beneficial effects. Your doctor may wish to test your blood regularly while you are taking the medication. Do not discontinue the drug before talking to your doctor.
Depending on the condition and the patient, the dosage ranges from 100 mg per day to the maximum dose of 1200 mg daily, in the most severe cases. You will adhere to the dosage that your doctor has prescribed to you.
Seek emergency medical help if you think an overdose has occurred. Symptoms may be: urinating less than usual, shallow breathing, muscle twitching, slurred speech, tremors and staggering.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip it if your next dose is soon. Do not take a double dose.
Warnings and Precautions.
Generic Tegretol may impair your thinking and reactions. Do not do anything hazardous until you are fine again. Drinking alcohol may enhance these side effects. Avoid tanning and wear sunscreen if you go into the sun. Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat the fruit before you talk to your doctor. If you notice any signs of a rash, inform your doctor at once. Do not stop using the drug without talking to your doctor. If you become pregnant, inform your doctor at once.
Possible Side Effects.
Mild Generic Tegretol side effects may include: dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, swollen tongue. Serious side effects may include severe skin reactions, problems with fingernails or toenails, signs of liver damage, headaches, slurred speech, severe weakness, loss of coordination, fainting, shallow breathing, confusion, hallucinations, nausea, easy bruising and bleeding, short breath, lightheadedness, fever, tiredness. These are not all of the possible side effects.
Treating epilepsy and other conditions.
Generic Tegretol is used for various mood disorders and epilepsy. If your doctor has prescribed this medication, you can order the drug online and that way you will save some money.
When the drug should not be used.
Do not use Generic Tegretol if you are allergic to carbamazepine or if you have taken MAO inhibitors in the last 14 days. Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or have a history of bone marrow suppression.
How long should you take the drug.
Take Generic Tegretol for as long as the doctor tells you to.