CARBAMAZEPINE- carbamazepine capsule, extended release 
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Medication Guide
Extended-Release Capsules

Read this Medication Guide before you start taking carbamazepine 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 carbamazepine?

Do not stop taking carbamazepine without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Stopping carbamazepine suddenly can cause serious problems.

Carbamazepine can cause serious side effects, including:

1. Carbamazepine may cause rare but serious rashes that may lead to death. These serious skin reactions are more likely to happen within the first four months of carbamazepine treatment but may occur at later times. These reactions can happen in anyone, but are more likely in people of Asian descent. If you are of Asian descent you may need a genetic blood test before you take carbamazepine to see if you are at a higher risk for serious skin reactions with this medicine. Symptoms may include:

2. Carbamazepine may cause rare but serious blood problems. Symptoms may include:

3. Like other antiepileptic drugs, carbamazepine may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500.

Call your healthcare provider 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?

Do not stop carbamazepine without first talking to a healthcare provider.

Stopping carbamazepine suddenly can cause serious problems.

Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.

What is carbamazepine?

Carbamazepine is a medicine used to treat:

Carbamazepine is not a regular pain medicine and should not be used for aches or pains.

Who should not take carbamazepine?

Do not take carbamazepine if you:

Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of these medicines if you are not sure.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking carbamazepine?

Before you take carbamazepine, tell your healthcare provider if you:

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Taking carbamazepine with certain other medicines can 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 carbamazepine?

What should I avoid while taking carbamazepine?

What are the possible side effects of carbamazepine?

See "What is the most important information I should know about carbamazepine?"

Carbamazepine 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 carbamazepine".

The most common side effects of carbamazepine include:

These are not all the side effects of carbamazepine. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you. or that 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 carbamazepine?

Keep carbamazepine and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about carbamazepine

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use carbamazepine for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give carbamazepine 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 carbamazepine. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about carbamazepine that is written for health professionals.

For more information call 1-800-828-2088.

What are the ingredients in carbamazepine?

Active ingredient: carbamazepine

Inactive ingredients: citric acid, colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose monohydrate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, povidone, sodium lauryl sulfate, talc, triethyl citrate and Eudragit.

In addition:

This Medication Guide has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

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009727 Issued 08/2011


Revised: 1/2016
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