This medicine contains the active ingredient oxcarbazepine which belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants or antiepileptics. These medicines are used to treat epilepsy by stabilizing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This unusual electrical brain activity can cause fits or seizures in epilepsy (symptoms like abnormal muscle movements, twitches, visual and taste disturbances, unresponsiveness, loss of consciousness). Oxcarbazepine is prescribed for the treatment of epileptic disease and simple and complex partial seizures (unusual brain activity happens in one part of the brain; it can alter consciousness).
Is Oxcarbazepine suitable for me?
Oxcarbazepine is not suitable for everyone. Do not use it
- if you are allergic to oxcarbazepine, or other ingredients of this medicine
- if you have glaucoma
- if you have a history of depression or suicidal thoughts or behavior
- if you have a history of drug or alcohol addiction
- if you have serious breathing difficulties
- if you have serious kidney or liver disease
In particular, you must tell the doctor if you:
- are pregnant or breastfeeding
- have kidney disease
- have serious liver disease
- are taking diuretics
- have heart disease, shortness of breath
- have low blood level of sodium
- are a woman taking a hormonal contraceptive
- have a blood disorder called porphyria
Oxcarbazepine interacts with other medicines. It is most important that you tell the doctor all the medications and herbal supplements that you are currently taking.
See the package leaflet for a complete list of possible contraindications and warnings.
How should I take Oxcarbazepine?
This medicine is available in form of a tablet.
You should take oxcarbazepine exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. The dose will be prescribed according to your age, condition and needs.
- The usual starting dose for adults is 600 mg divided into two daily doses. The usual maintenance dose is between 600 and 2400 mg per day.
- The usual starting dose for children is 8 to 10 mg/kg of bodyweight divided into two daily doses, and the maintenance dose is 30 mg/kg per day. The maximum dose is 46 mg/kg per day.
Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, or do not use it for a longer time than your doctor instructed. Also, this medicine works best if there is a constant amount in the blood. To help keep this amount constant, do not miss any doses and take the medicine at the same time each day. Do not take two doses together if you miss a dose.
Read the information leaflet provided with your medication for additional information. Talk to your doctor if you have any additional questions.
What are Oxcarbazepine side effects?
Like all medicines oxcarbazepine can cause side effects, including:
- double vision
- coordination problems
- involuntary movement of the eyes
- anxiety and nervousness
- depression, mood swing
- memory disturbances
- impaired concentration
- blurred vision
- visual disturbance
- stomach pain
- hair loss
- balance disturbances
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. See the package leaflet for a complete list of side effects.