TRILEPTAL – Oxcarbazepine
Trileptal Medication Used For
Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) is an antipileptic medication which is prescribed for controlling certain types of seizures in the treatment of epilepsy. It is indicated for use as monotherapy or adjunctive therapy in adults and children ages 4-16 with epilepsy.
Directions for Trileptal dosage
Trileptal dosing should be administered twice a day (BID). Trileptal tablets can be interchanged with equal dosage of Trileptal Oral Suspension. For the suspension, always shake bottle well and use immeidately after shaking. The prescribed amount of oral suspension should be withdrawn from the bottle using the oral dosing syringe supplied. Trileptal oral suspension can be mixed in a small glass of water just prior to administration or, alternatively, may be swallowed directly from the syringe. Trileptal can be taken with or without food.
How Trileptal medicine works
This medicine may cause some people to become drowsy, dizzy or less alert than they are normally. It is advisable to avoid taking Trileptal with alcohol or CNS depressants (medicines that make you drowsy or less alert) since the combination might result in multiplication of the effects and cause loss of consciousness. Oxacarbazepine may also interfere with the working of oral contraceptives containing estrogen or progestin, contraceptive progestin injections and implant contraceptive forms of progestin like Norplant. This might lead to unplanned pregnancies. Dizziness, lightheadedness, or fainting may occur, especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position.
Trileptal medication’s side effects
Trileptal might cause side effects like change in vision, change in walking or balance, clumsiness or unsteadiness, cough, fever, sneezing, or sore throat, crying, dizziness, false sense of well-being, feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings, mental depression, sensation of spinning, uncontrolled back-and-forth and/or rolling eye movements. It is advisable to consult you doctor if any of the following effects are noticed: unusual abdominal pain, burning feeling in chest or stomach, nausea and vomiting, runny or stuffy nose, sleepiness or unusual drowsiness.
Other Trileptal Information
Trileptal is only a controlling medication for seizures and works as long as you continue taking it but it can not cure epilepsy. Women are advised to shift to non estrogen and progestin contraceptives and birth control measures while they are taking oxcarbazepine.