Eslicarbazepine (By mouth)
Treats seizures. This medicine is an anticonvulsant.
Uses of This Medicine
Eslicarbazepine belongs to a class of medicines called anticonvulsants. It acts in the brain to prevent seizures. However, this medicine cannot cure epilepsy and will only work to control seizures as long as you continue to take it.
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
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How To Use
Take your medicine as directed. Your dose may need to be changed several times to find what works best for you.
You may crush the tablets or swallow them whole.
This medicine should come with a Medication Guide. Ask your pharmacist for a copy if you do not have one.
Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Some medicines can affect how eslicarbazepine works. Tell your doctor if you are using carbamazepine, clobazam, omeprazole, oxcarbazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, rosuvastatin, simvastatin, or birth control pills.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to eslicarbazepine or oxcarbazepine.
This medicine may cause the following problems:Serious skin reactions Allergic reaction affecting your liver, kidneys, or other organs Hyponatremia (low sodium levels) Liver problems
This medicine may make you dizzy or drowsy, or it may cause vision changes. Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how this medicine affects you.
Do not stop using this medicine suddenly because your seizures may return or occur more often. Your doctor will need to slowly decrease your dose before you stop it completely.
Tell any doctor or dentist who treats you that you are using this medicine. This medicine may affect certain medical test results.
Your doctor will do lab tests at regular visits to check on the effects of this medicine. Keep all appointments.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Change in how much or how often you urinate
Confusion, weakness, and muscle twitching
Depression, thoughts of hurting yourself or others
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Clumsiness or unsteadiness
Dizziness, drowsiness, or sleepiness
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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