carbamazepine - oral, Tegretol
GENERIC NAME: CARBAMAZEPINE - ORAL (KAR-ba-MAZ-e-peen)
BRAND NAME(S): Tegretol
WARNING: Carbamazepine may rarely cause very serious (possibly fatal) skin reactions. Certain ethnic groups (including people of Asian/South Asian descent) are at greater risk. Your doctor may order a blood test (HLA-B 1502) to measure your risk before prescribing this medication. If the blood test shows you are at greater risk, discuss the risks and benefits of carbamazepine and other treatment choices with your doctor. Such skin reactions have developed mostly within the first few months of treatment. Seek immediate medical attention if you develop any of the following symptoms: skin rash/blisters/peeling, itching, or swelling. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
This drug has rarely caused a severe decrease in bone marrow function (aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis). Your doctor will monitor your blood counts to minimize the chance of this side effect. Keep all medical and laboratory appointments. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: signs of infection (e.g., fever, persistent sore throat), unusual weakness or fatigue, or easy bleeding/bruising.
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