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    Information about Oxcarbazepine

    Oxcarbazepine uses

    Oxcarbazepine is used in the treatment of seizures.

    How oxcarbazepine works

    Oxcarbazepine is an antiepileptic medication. It controls seizures or fits by decreasing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

    Common side effects of oxcarbazepine

    Sleepiness, Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Double vision, Fatigue, Dizziness
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    Expert advice for Oxcarbazepine

    • Oxcarbazepine is used for the treatment and prevention of seizures.
    • It has fewer side effects as compared to a similar medicine called carbamazepine.
    • Take it at the same time every day to maintain consistent levels in your body.
    • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking Oxcarbazepine, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.
    • It may increase the risk of low sodium levels in the blood. Inform your doctor if you develop difficulty concentrating, memory problems, confusion, weakness, and unsteadiness.
    • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
    • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.

    Frequently asked questions for Oxcarbazepine


    Q. Does Oxcarbazepine cause weight gain?

    No, neither Oxcarbazepine causes weight gain nor it helps in weight loss.

    Q. Will the use of Oxcarbazepine affect my fertility?

    Oxcarbazepine is not know to affect fertility in males or females. However, talk to your doctor if you are facing fertility issues while taking this medicine.

    Content on this page was last updated on 21 January, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)