carbamazepine extended-release tablet, capsule - oral, Carbatrol, Tegretol XR (cont.)

USES: Carbamazepine is used to prevent and control seizures. It is known as an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug. It is also used to relieve one type of nerve pain (trigeminal neuralgia). This medication works by reducing excessive nerve signals in the brain and restoring the normal balance of nerve activity.OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This drug may also be used to treat certain mental/mood conditions (e.g., bipolar disorder, schizophrenia) and other types of nerve pain.

HOW TO USE: If you are taking the extended-release tablets, take this medication by mouth, usually 2 times a day with meals, or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the tablets whole. Do not crush, chew, or break them, which can destroy the drug's long action and may increase side effects. Inspect the tablets for chips and cracks. Do not take any damaged tablets.If you are taking the extended-release capsules, take this medication by mouth, usually 2 times a day with or without meals, or as directed by your doctor. Swallow the capsules whole. Do not crush or chew the capsules.If you have trouble swallowing the capsules, you may open them and sprinkle the contents onto a teaspoonful of applesauce or other soft food. Swallow the food/medication mixture immediately. Do not chew the mixture or prepare a supply in advance because this may increase side effects or destroy the drug.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Your doctor may gradually adjust your dose. Follow these directions carefully.For the treatment of trigeminal nerve pain, do not take more than 1,200 milligrams per day.Avoid eating grapefruit or drinking grapefruit juice while being treated with this medication unless your doctor instructs you otherwise. Grapefruit juice can increase the amount of certain medications in your bloodstream. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.Take this medication regularly at evenly spaced intervals in order to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same times each day to keep the amount of medicine in your body at a constant level.Do not take more of this medicine than prescribed or stop taking it without consulting your doctor. Some conditions (e.g., seizures) may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.

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