Proper Use

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Take this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.

This medicine comes with a Medication Guide. It is very important that you read and understand this information. Be sure to ask your doctor about anything you do not understand before taking this medicine.

Carbamazepine should be taken with meals to lessen the chance of stomach upset (nausea and vomiting).

Carbamazepine extended-release capsules do not need to be taken with meals unless they upset your stomach. The contents of the extended-release capsules may be sprinkled over a teaspoon of applesauce or other similar food. The capsule or its contents should not be crushed or chewed.

The extended-release tablets must be swallowed whole and should not be crushed or chewed. Do not take extended-release tablets that are damaged or have chips or cracks.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice may increase the effects of this medicine by increasing the amount in the body. You should not eat grapefruit or drink grapefruit juice while you are taking this medicine.

If you are taking this medicine for pain relief:

  • Carbamazepine is not an ordinary pain reliever. It should be used only when a doctor prescribes it for certain kinds of pain. Do not take carbamazepine for any other aches or pains.

If you are taking Tegretol® oral suspension:

  • Shake the oral suspension well before each use. Measure the medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup. The average household teaspoon may not hold the right amount of liquid.
  • Do not take any other liquid medicines at the same time that you take your dose of Tegretol® without first checking with your doctor.

Tegretol® tablets works differently than Tegretol® oral suspension, even at the same dose (number of milligrams). Do not switch from the tablets to the oral suspension unless your doctor tells you to.

Tegretol® may be used alone or together with other seizure medicines. Ask your doctor first before taking any other seizure medicine together with Tegretol®.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (extended-release capsules):
    • For bipolar disorder:
      • Adults—At first, 200 milligrams (mg) two times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1600 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For epilepsy:
      • Adults and teenagers—At first, 200 milligrams (mg) one or two times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1200 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 12 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. However, the dose is usually not more than 1000 mg per day.
    • For trigeminal neuralgia:
      • Adults and teenagers—At first, 200 milligrams (mg) a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1200 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For oral dosage form (extended-release tablets):
    • For epilepsy:
      • Adults and teenagers—At first, 200 mg two times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1000 to 1600 mg per day.
      • Children 6 to 12 years of age—At first, 100 mg two times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1000 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For trigeminal neuralgia:
      • Adults and teenagers—At first, 100 milligrams (mg) two times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1200 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For oral dosage form (suspension):
    • For epilepsy:
      • Adults and teenagers—100 milligrams (mg) or 1 teaspoon four times a day (400 mg per day). Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1000 to 1600 mg per day.
      • Children 6 to 12 years of age—At first, 50 milligrams (mg) or one-half teaspoon four times a day (200 mg per day). Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1000 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and will be determined by your doctor. The dose is 10 to 20 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day, taken four times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 35 mg per kg of body weight per day.
    • For trigeminal neuralgia:
      • Adults and teenagers—At first, 50 milligrams (mg) or one-half teaspoon four times a day (200 mg per day). Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1200 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For oral dosage form (tablets, chewable tablets):
    • For epilepsy:
      • Adults and teenagers—At first, 200 milligrams (mg) two times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1000 to 1600 mg per day.
      • Children 6 to 12 years of age—At first, 100 mg two times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1000 mg per day.
      • Children younger than 6 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and will be determined by your doctor. The dose is 10 to 20 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight per day, taken two or three times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 35 mg per kg of body weight per day.
    • For trigeminal neuralgia:
      • Adults and teenagers—At first, 100 milligrams (mg) two times a day. Your doctor may adjust your dose if needed. However, the dose is usually not more than 1200 mg per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.