OXCARBAZEPINE- oxcarbazepine tablet
(ox” kar baz’ e peen)
Read this Medication Guide before you start taking oxcarbazepine and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.
What is the most important information I should know about oxcarbazepine?
Do not stop taking oxcarbazepine without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Stopping oxcarbazepine suddenly can cause serious problems.
Oxcarbazepine can cause serious side effects, including:
1. Oxcarbazepine may cause the level of sodium in your blood to be low. Symptoms of low blood sodium include:
Similar symptoms that are not related to low sodium may occur from taking oxcarbazepine. You should tell your healthcare provider if you have any of these side effects and if they bother you or they do not go away.
Some other medicines can also cause low sodium in your blood. Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all the other medicines that you are taking.
2. Oxcarbazepine may also cause allergic reactions or serious problems which may affect organs and other parts of your body like the liver or blood cells. You may or may not have a rash with these types of reactions.
Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following:
Many people who are allergic to carbamazepine are also allergic to oxcarbazepine. Tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to carbamazepine.
3. Like other antiepileptic drugs, oxcarbazepine may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500.
Call a doctor right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.
Do not stop taking oxcarbazepine without first talking to a healthcare provider.
Stopping oxcarbazepine suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy may cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).
Suicidal thoughts or actions may be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.
What is Oxcarbazepine?
Oxcarbazepine is a prescription medicine used:
Who should not take oxcarbazepine?
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking oxcarbazepine?
Before taking oxcarbazepine, tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Taking oxcarbazepine with certain other medicines may cause side effects or affect how well they work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.
Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.
How should I take oxcarbazepine?
What should I avoid while taking oxcarbazepine?
What are the possible side effects of oxcarbazepine?
See “What is the most important information I should know about oxcarbazepine?”
Oxcarbazepine may cause other serious side effects including:
Get medical help right away if you have any of the symptoms listed above or listed in “What is the most important information I should know about oxcarbazepine?”
The most common side effects of oxcarbazepine include:
These are not all the possible side effects of oxcarbazepine. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store oxcarbazepine?
Keep oxcarbazepine and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General Information about the safe and effective use of oxcarbazepine
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use oxcarbazepine for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give oxcarbazepine to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about oxcarbazepine. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for the full prescribing information about oxcarbazepine that is written for health professionals.
For more information call 1-800-962-8364.
What are the ingredients in oxcarbazepine?
Active ingredient: oxcarbazepine USP
Inactive ingredients: crospovidone, hypromellose, iron oxide red 30, iron oxide yellow 10, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose and silicon dioxide.
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Distr. by: West-Ward
Eatontown, NJ 07724
Zanesville, OH 43701
Revised March 2016