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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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    Frequently asked questions for Oxcarbazepine


    Q. Is Oxcarbazepine/ Trileptal safe?

    Oxcarbazepine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor

    Q. Is Oxcarbazepine a narcotic or opiate or a controlled substance or addictive?

    Oxcarbazepine is not addictive, hence not a narcotic or a controlled substance. However, it is available only in quantity prescribed by your doctor. It is not an opiate, but a drug that is used to prevent the occurrence of fits

    Q. Is Oxcarbazepine like Xanax (alprazolam)?

    Xanax (alprazolam) is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, whereas Oxcarbazepine is used to prevent the occurrence of fits

    Q. Can I take oxcarbazepine with Lamictal (lamotrigine) or Aleve (naproxen) or Tylenol (paracetamol) or Advil (ibuprofen) or Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Xanax (alprazolam) or tramadol?

    Oxcarbazepine can increase the sedative effects of Benadryl (diphenhydramine) or Xanax (alprazolam) or tramadol. Also, tramadol has a propensity to induce fits, which can compromise the effect of oxcarbazepine. Oxcarbazepine and anti-epileptic lamotrigine when used together can increase the risk of side-effects like nausea, somnolence, dizziness and headache. There are no known interactions between oxcarbazepine and Advil (ibuprofen), Aleve (naproxen) or Tylenol (paracetamol). Always inform your doctor if any of these drugs are required to be taken concomitantly by you

    Q. Does Oxcarbazepine get you high?

    No, Oxcarbazepine does not alter perception, feelings or emotion, and does not get you high

    Q. Does Oxcarbazepine cause weight gain?

    Oxcarbazepine is not known to cause weight changes

    Q. Does Oxcarbazepine cause acne or hair loss?

    Yes, acne and hair loss are common side effects of Oxcarbazepine

    Q. Does Oxcarbazepine make you tired?

    Oxcarbazepine can cause unusual tiredness and weakness

    Q. Does Oxcarbazepine help with depression?

    Oxcarbazepine does not heal depressed mood

    Q. Is oxcarbazepine better than carbamazepine?

    Oxcarbazepine is chemically related to carbamazepine. Both are used to treat the same type of seizures. Oxcarbazepine is required in higher doses than carbamazepine. However, there is a lesser risk of liver toxicity and interactions with other concomitant drugs with oxcarbazepine than carbamazepine

    Q. Is Oxcarbazepine a benzodiazepine/ MAOI?

    Oxcarbazepine is neither a benzodiazepine nor a mono-amine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI). It is an anti-epileptic, i.e. it is used to treat fits.

    Content on this page was last updated on 08 September, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)