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    Information about Eslicarbazepine

    Eslicarbazepine uses

    Eslicarbazepine is used in the treatment of Epilepsy/Seizures.

    How eslicarbazepine works

    Eslicarbazepine is an anti epileptic medication. It works by blocking the voltage gated sodium channels that stabilizes the hyperexcited nerve cells in the brain. In this way, it treats seizures or fits.

    Common side effects of eslicarbazepine

    Sleepiness, Blurred vision, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Nausea, Headache, Vomiting, Double vision, Fatigue, Balance disorder (loss of balance), Diarrhea, Difficulty in paying attention, Impaired coordination, Vertigo, Decreased appetite, Decreased sodium level in blood, Dizziness
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    Written By
    Dr. Swati Mishra
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Khushbu Goel
    DM, MD
    Last updated on:
    03 Apr 2020 | 03:48 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Eslicarbazepine

    • Take your medication regularly as directed by your doctor as missing doses can trigger seizures.
    • Do not change the brand of your medicine and make sure that you have sufficient amount of medicine present with you.
    • Some healthy tips to prevent seizures:
      • Practice yoga every day.
      • Get enough sleep at nighttime.
      • Limit the use of screen time such as mobile/laptop.
      • Take your medication on time.
    • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
    • Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior.
    • It may cause a reduction in blood sodium level (hyponatremia). Your doctor may monitor your blood sodium level regularly.
    • Inform your doctor if you notice skin reaction such as rash, skin peeling, and itching while using this medicine.
    • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.

    Frequently asked questions for Eslicarbazepine


    Q. Can I stop taking if I start feeling better?

    No, stopping Eslicarbazepine suddenly can increase your risk of having more seizures. Your doctor will advise you on how long you should take this medicine. If your doctor decides to stop Eslicarbazepine, your dose will usually be reduced gradually. It is important that you complete your treatment as advised by your doctor or your symptoms may get worse.

    Q. Can Eslicarbazepine cause suicidal thoughts?

    Like all other anti-epileptic medicines, Eslicarbazepine may also cause suicidal thoughts. However, this occurs only in a small number of people.

    Q. Can Eslicarbazepine be taken if I have kidney-related problems?

    Inform your doctor if you are suffering from any kidney-related problems. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function (creatinine clearance) regularly and may adjust your dose of Eslicarbazepine accordingly.

    Q. Does Eslicarbazepine affect the liver?

    Inform your doctor if you are suffering from liver disease as few people have shown a negative effect on the liver with the use of Eslicarbazepine. Your doctor may monitor your liver functions regularly.

    Q. How can I look for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?

    Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings. Keep all follow-up visits with your doctor as scheduled. Call your doctor as needed, especially if you are worried about any symptoms.

    Q. If I were to have an allergic reaction with Eslicarbazepine, what would my symptoms look like?

    Eslicarbazepine may cause allergic reactions or serious problems that may impact organs and other parts of your body like the liver or blood cells. Consult your doctor straight away if you develop rashes, hives, itchiness, swelling, trouble swallowing, or difficulty in breathing.

    Q. Can I participate in sports when taking Eslicarbazepine?

    Your doctor will guide you about activities that are okay for you.

    Q. How will I know that my sodium levels are low while taking Eslicarbazepine?

    If your blood sodium levels become low during the course of Eslicarbazepine, you may experience worsening of seizures, confusion, and decreased consciousness. Immediately consult your doctor, if you develop any of these symptoms.

    Q. Can Eslicarbazepine be taken with carbamazepine?

    The dose of Eslicarbazepine may need to be adjusted if you take carbamazepine with Eslicarbazepine, as carbamazepine interferes with its working.

    Content on this page was last updated on 03 April, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)