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Atretol is used to treat seizure disorders and certain types of nerve pain.


Tegretol, Epitol, Carbamazepine
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Tegretol, Epitol, Carbamazepine

Atretol is used to treat seizure disorders and certain types of nerve pain.

  • Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (between 15 and 30 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Do not freeze liquid forms of Atretol.

  • If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include nausea, vomiting, deep sleep, tremor, rapid eye movements, fast heartbeat, muscle twitching, large pupils, fainting, and irregular breathing.

How To Use
  • Take with food to prevent stomach upset.
  • Take Atretol as prescribed.
  • Do not stop taking Atretol suddenly without consulting your doctor as seizures may occur.
  • For seizure control, it is important to take all doses on time to keep the level of medication in your blood constant.
  • Take doses at evenly spaced intervals throughout the day and night.

Side Effects
  • May cause drowsiness, dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Other side effects include stomach upset, loss of appetite, dry mouth, mood changes, changes in vision, muscle aches, and restlessness.
  • These effects should subside as your body adjusts to the medication.
  • To relieve dry mouth, suck on (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water or use saliva substitute.
  • Notify your doctor if you develop: sore throat, fever, chills, stomach pain, unusual bleeding or bruising, yellowing of the skin or eyes, dark urine, decreased sexual ability, nightmares, hair loss, mouth sores, ringing in the ears.
  • Atretol can increase sensitivity to sunlight.
  • Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun.
  • Wear a sunscreen and protective clothing.
  • In the unlikely event you have an allergic reaction to Atretol, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Before using Atretol tell your doctor your medical history especially of: glaucoma, high blood pressure, history of blood clots, blood disorders, heart problems, blood vessel problems, liver conditions, mental/mood disorders, any allergies.
  • Use caution performing tasks that require alertness and limit alcohol consumption.
  • Atretol is not recommended for use during pregnancy.
  • Consult your doctor before using Atretol.
  • Atretol is excreted into breast milk and may have undesirable effects on a nursing infant.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not "double-up the dose to catch up.
  • Call your doctor if you miss more than one dose daily.

Drug Interactions
  • Tell your doctor of all over-the-counter and prescription medication you may use, including: anti-seizure medication, birth control pills, doxycycline, warfarin, danazol, erythromycin-like antibiotics, calcium channel blockers, lithium, haloperidol, SSRI antidepressants, nefazodone, cimetidine, propoxyphene, isoniazid, narcotic pain medications (e.g., codeine), St John s wort.
  • Tell your doctor if you have taken MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) within the last two weeks.
  • Be very careful to read all labels on any over-the-counter preparations used to treat cough and colds, allergies or sleeplessness.
  • They may add to the drowsiness effects of Atretol.
  • Consult your pharmacist about this before using any of these products.
  • Carbamazepine may decrease the effectiveness of birth control pills; you may need to use additional methods for birth control.
  • Consult your doctor.
  • Atretol may interfere with certain pregnancy tests.
  • Do not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.
  • Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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