Before taking this drug inform your doctor if you have a history of bone marrow suppression, have allergies to antideptressants such as imipramine (Tofranil), desipramine (Norpramin), nortriptyline (Pamelor), or amitriptyline (Elavil, Vanatrip). Also bring to your doctors notice if you are taking antidepressant like nefazodone (Serzone). If in the just past 14 days you have also made use of a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI), inform your doctor about it too. If you experience one of these conditions like glaucoma, heart disease, history of mental illness or psychosis, kidney or liver disease, thyroid disorder, triglycerides or high cholesterol, porphyria and high blood pressure you might not be able to take tegretol. There is strong evidence that tegretol can harm an unborn child if it is taken while pregnant, also having a seizure can bring harm to both the baby and the mother. Tegretol toxicity should be should be checked with different diagnosis. Question concerning whether the patient has been taking tegretol on a chronic or acute basis, the formulation (tegretol xr or immediate), the approximate dose ingested, and time of ingestion. There are some noticeable symptoms that show when tegretol toxicity occurs.
When taking tegretol there are some tegretol side effects that will usually happen. These side effects include:
Swollen tongue, dry mouth
There are also some side effects of tegretol that are more serious than others and once any of them occurs, it is advisable to stop taking the medicine and contact your doctor immediately. Here is a list of some serious side effects of tegretol, they include;
Peeling of the skin or blistering
Little or no urination
Rapid weight gain
Swollen tongue or dry mouth
Purple or red spots on your body
Feeling lightheaded or fainting
Hallucinations, confusion, vision problems
Problems with toenails or fingernails
Suicidal or dying thoughts
Some drugs however interact with tegretol and it will be necessary to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following medications:
Blood pressure or heart medications
Thyroid replacement drugs
HIV or AIDS medication
Drugs for treating tuberculosis or antibiotics
Hormone replacement therapy or birth control pills
Antifungal drugs like fluconazole (Diflucan) or ketoconazole (Nizoral)
Medicines for preventing organ transplant rejection
Your tegretol dosage should be taken just the way your doctor prescribed it. Follow every direction as it is stated on the label of the drug. The tegretol dosing shouldn’t be taken in smaller or larger amounts than recommended or for a period longer than your doctor recommends.
Your tegretol dosage should be taken with food. Tegretol comes in form of suspension; tegretol xr (extended release) tablets, tablets, and chewable tablets.do not stop your tegretol dosage without first telling your doctor, stopping tegretol intake when you have epilepsy can cause seizures that won’t stop. Do not chew, crush or open a tegretol extended release tablet. It should be swallowed whole. For the oral suspension or liquid form of tegretol shake well before measuring a dose, not use a regular spoon in measuring it instead use a special measuring medicine cup or spoon.
In a situation where tegretol overdose occurs or you consume high tegretol level get immediate medical help. If you happen to miss a dose of tegretol take the missed dose immediately you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time to take your next scheduled dose.
The tegretol medication may impair your reactions and thinking. Be careful if you engage in any activity that will require you to be vigilant. Alcohol consumption can worsen the side effects of tegretol.