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eslicarbazepine acetate

Used for Epilepsy

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eslicarbazepine acetate Uses, Side Effects, Interactions, Warnings & Dosing

What dosages is eslicarbazepine acetate available in?

What dosages is eslicarbazepine acetate available in?

eslicarbazepine acetate is available as a 200 mg, 400 mg, 600 mg, or 800 mg oral tablet.

What is eslicarbazepine acetate used for?

What is eslicarbazepine acetate used for?

eslicarbazepine acetate is an antiepileptic and is used to treat partial-onset seizures.

How does eslicarbazepine acetate work?

How does eslicarbazepine acetate work?

eslicarbazepine acetate is an antiepileptic (anti-seizure) medication. It’s not entirely clear how this medication works, but it’s thought to target the activity of sodium channels in the brain. This might help calm down signaling from nerves and brain activity, which can help prevent seizures.

How do I take eslicarbazepine acetate?

How do I take eslicarbazepine acetate?

eslicarbazepine acetate is dosed as follows:

  • Adults: The typical starting dose is 400 mg or 800 mg by mouth once daily. The dose is raised weekly based on how well you respond to the medication. The typical long-term (maintenance) dose is 800 mg to 1,600 mg once daily
  • Children 4 to 17 years of age: The dose is based on your child’s weight and given by mouth once daily. The dose is raised weekly based on how well your child is responding to the medication. The starting dose ranges from 200 mg to 400 mg once daily, and the long-term (maintenance) dose ranges from 400 mg to 1,200 mg once daily

Your dose might differ if you have kidney problems or if you take certain other antiepileptics (e.g., carbamazepine (Tegretol), phenytoin (Dilantin), primidone (Mysoline)).

Is it safe for me to take eslicarbazepine acetate?

Is it safe for me to take eslicarbazepine acetate?

eslicarbazepine acetate is a safe and effective treatment when used for FDA licensed indications. However, like all medications, they may give you unwanted side effects. You should always discuss potential side effects with your physician to ensure the medication is suitable and right for you. You should not use this medication if you have a hypersensitivity to eslicarbazepine acetate or oxcarbazepine.

eslicarbazepine acetate Common Side Effects

eslicarbazepine acetate Common Side Effects

Common side effects of eslicarbazepine acetate:

  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Double vision
  • Vomiting
  • Tiredness
  • Blurry vision
  • Difficulty with movement or coordination
  • Feeling like the room is spinning
  • Shakiness
eslicarbazepine acetate Serious Side Effects

eslicarbazepine acetate Serious Side Effects

Serious side effects are rare with eslicarbazepine acetate. Contact your healthcare provider immediately if you experience any of the following.

  • Thoughts of hurting yourself or of suicide
  • Low sodium levels: nausea, tiredness, headache, confusion, more seizures than usual
  • Liver injury: severe nausea, vomiting, right-sided stomach pain, fatigue, low or no appetite, yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • Allergic reaction: severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the face, mouth, or throat
Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on eslicarbazepine acetate

Effects of other drugs, drug classes and over-the-counter products on eslicarbazepine acetate

The following medications may interact with eslicarbazepine acetate:

  • Carbamazepine: May need dose adjustment for eslicarbazepine acetate or carbamazepine
  • Phenytoin: Higher dosage of eslicarbazepine acetate may be necessary and dose adjustment may be needed for phenytoin.
  • Phenobarbital or Primidone: Higher dosage of eslicarbazepine acetate may be necessary
  • Hormonal Contraceptives: eslicarbazepine acetate may decrease the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives
Who makes eslicarbazepine acetate?

Who makes eslicarbazepine acetate?

Various FDA-approved generic manufacturers

Is eslicarbazepine acetate safe in pregnancy?

Is eslicarbazepine acetate safe in pregnancy?

eslicarbazepine acetate may harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking eslicarbazepine acetate. If you become pregnant while taking
eslicarbazepine acetate, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334.

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