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Oxcarb 150 mg contains the active ingredient Oxcarbazepine, which belongs to a group of medicines known as anticonvulsants. The class of drugs are effective in treating cases related to epilepsy. Oxcarbazepine works by controlling seizures or fits in patients who have epilepsy. Individuals who have epilepsy are more likely to have periods of uncontrolled electrical activity in the brain. The episode of uncontrolled electrical activity may ultimately lead to seizures. Doctors prescribe Oxcarb 150 to control electrical activity in the brain, which lowers seizures.
The drug is equally effective in treating partial seizures (seizures that occurs at one part of the brain but may spread to the whole brain leading to generalised tonic-clonic seizures) with or without secondarily generalised tonic-clonic seizures. Two types of partial seizures include simple and complex seizures. In simple, the patient remains conscious, while the patient’s consciousness is altered in complex types.
The anticonvulsant medication can be given to adults and children aged six years and above. Your doctor will prescribe a medicine that works best for you or your child. However, for more severe cases, your doctor may recommend a combination of two or more medicines to control seizures.
Follow all instructions given to you by your doctor carefully. The medicine is available in the form of tablets. Your doctor will usually begin treatment with a low dose of Oxcarbazepine, if necessary, gradually increasing the dose depending on the condition. Your doctor will prescribe the best dose that suits your condition. Therefore, it is imperative to take this drug under the doctor’s supervision. If needed, your doctor may slowly increase the dose again, depending on your condition. Your doctor will also inform you about the maintenance dose of the drug. If you are taking other anticonvulsant drugs, please let your doctor know as they may need to reduce the dose of Oxcarb more slowly.
Swallow each film-coated tablet with adequate water before or after consuming food. Do not break or chew the pill and break it only when you have difficulty swallowing it whole.
Do not take Oxcarb 150 if you are allergic to Oxcarbazepine or any other ingredients of the drug. Let your doctor know if you are allergic to Carbamazepine or a similar anticonvulsant. If you have liver problems, kidney diseases, heart problems, or heart rhythm disorders, you should inform your doctor. Let your doctor know if you are using hormonal contraceptives or taking other medicines that can reduce sodium levels in your bloodstream (for example, diuretics, indomethacin, and ibuprofen).
Common side effects of Oxcarb 150 are confusion, depression, mood changes, weakness, stomach pain, skin rash, spinning sensation, shaking, loss of coordination, lack of motivation, shaking, memory loss, acne, hair loss, weight increase, difficulty concentrating. Other possible side effects include double vision, dizziness, headaches, tiredness, and sickness. Call your doctor straight away if you notice a serious allergic reaction. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include hives, itching, trouble breathing, chest tightness, swelling or tingling in your mouth.