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|US Brand Name||Trileptal|
Oxcarb 300 mg contains the active ingredient Oxcarbazepine, a new convulsant with an active metabolite. It is approved as mono-or adjunctive therapy for partial seizures in adults and children older than four years of age and adjunctive therapy in children two years and older. Oxcarbazepine belongs to a class of drugs known as antiepileptic medications. The class of drugs works similarly. It is still not known how this drug exactly works to stop seizures. It is known to block the sodium channels to stop seizures from spreading to the rest of the brain. The active pharmaceutical agent act on potassium and calcium in the brain to stop seizures. It is better tolerated than carbamazepine and is associated with few clinically significant drug-drug interactions.
Make sure you take it exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Sudden discontinuation or any dose adjustment without the doctor’s approval can increase your risk of possible side effects. Take medicine twice daily before or after consuming food. If you take too many tablets, call your doctor straight away. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including those you get over the counter. Taking Oxcarb tablets with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect the way they work. Do not start or stop the medicine without your doctor’s approval.
Do not drive or do similar activities until you know how Oxcarbazepine affects you. Do not drink alcohol or other medications that make you sleepy or dizzy while receiving the Oxcarb tablets. Before taking Ox carbamazepine, tell your doctor about all the medical conditions, including liver problems, kidney disease, birth control pills, or suicidal thoughts. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or are breastfeeding while receiving Oxcarb 300 mg tablets.
Pay attention to any unusual changes, especially change in behaviour, thoughts, or feelings. Make sure you visit your doctor as scheduled. Do not discontinue treatment without having words with your doctor. Sudden discontinuation can result in serious health complications. Stopping an anticonvulsant drug in a patient who has epilepsy may result in status epilepticus.
Oxcarb may cause drowsiness. It can also affect your thinking and reaction time. You should not drive a car or indulge in similar tasks that require alertness until you know how this drug affects you. Oxcarbazepine can also cause other side effects. The more common ones include nausea, vomiting, trembling, sleepiness, double vision, blurred vision, cataracts, problems with walking and coordination. If these adverse effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or weeks. In case they are more severe or do not resolve, speak to your doctor.
Call your doctor if you have serious side effects such as signs of low sodium levels in your blood. The symptoms include confusion, headache, tiredness, lack of energy, and more frequent or more severe seizures.