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Eslicarbazepine is used to treat epilepsy (recurrent fits) in adults who are already taking other anti-epileptic medicines and are still experiencing seizures that affect part of the brain (partial seizure) with or without subsequent involvement of all areas of brain.

How it works

Eslicarbazepine belongs to a class of medications called as antiepileptics. It works by decreasing the abnormal nerve impulses in the brain that cause seizures.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Memory loss, Balance disorder (loss of balance), Constipation, Convulsion, Fatigue, Dizziness, Hair loss, Headache, Impaired concentration, Mouth ulcer, Sores around eyes, Stomach pain


Expert advice

  • Eslicarbazepine is not recommended for use in children <18 years of age.
  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney or liver problem, if you are taking any medicine which can cause an abnormality on the ECG called prolonged PR interval, if you suffer from a heart disease such as heart failure or heart attack, or have any heart rhythm disorder, if you suffer from fits that involve both sides of the brain or make you unconscious.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you develop rash, swallowing or breathing problems, swelling of your lips, face, throat or tongue, and/or if you suffer from confusion, worsening of seizures or decreased consciousness, or have suicidal thoughts.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery while on treatment with eslicarbazepine, as it may make you feel dizzy and/or drowsy.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not take if allergic to eslicarbazepine or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if suffering from heart block (second or third degree atrioventricular block).

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)