Carbamazepine

(kar ba MAZ e peen)

Carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol, Tegretol-XR) is used to treat seizures.

It also may be prescribed for your child to treat some psychiatric disorders, alcohol withdrawal, restless leg syndrome, or for some types of pain.

It is given by mouth and is available as tablets, extended release tablets, chewable tablets, extended release capsules and liquid.

  • Take this medicine with or without food. Take with food if it upsets the stomach.
  • Swallow extended release tablets whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
  • For chewable tablets, chew or crush well. Mix crushed tablet with food. Do not swallow whole.
  • Shake liquid form well before each dose. Do not administer at the same time as other liquid medications because this can cause this medication to not work as well.
  • For extended release capsules, swallow whole. If your child has difficulty swallowing the capsule, open the capsule, sprinkle the contents over food (such as a teaspoon of applesauce), and swallow. Do not chew or crush the contents.
  • Read the medicine label carefully every time you give your child a dose of this medicine. Give only as directed.
  • Notify your child's doctor if your child becomes pregnant, is planning to become pregnant, or is breastfeeding a baby.
  • Do not give any other medicine to your child without talking to your child's doctor or pharmacist.
  • Do not stop giving this medication or change the amount unless directed by your child's doctor.
  • Keep this medicine in its original container, closed tightly.
  • Store at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Your child's doctor may want your child to carry a medical identification (ID) card, necklace or bracelet showing information about this medication if your child is taking it for a seizure disorder.
  • Make sure that you get the medication refilled before the last dose is given. Check your supply for vacations and holidays.
  • For your child's doctor to make sure the medicine is working, it is important to have your child seen regularly for checkups.
  • A blood test may be needed to check the level of medicine in the body. It is best to have this blood test done in the morning before your child takes any medicine.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and/or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Light headedness
  • Sleepiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Wheezing, chest tightness, or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
  • Extreme nausea or vomiting
  • Unusual bruising or bleeding
  • Yellow skin or eyes
  • Decreased appetite
  • Feeling very tired or weak
  • Any rash

Last Updated 11/2013