Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Is My Epilepsy Drug Harmful?

Monday, 02 April 2012 01:15 PM

Question: I am a woman who has been on the anticonvulsant drug Carbatrol since I was 9. I am now 56. I am worried my body has suffered from being on this drug for so long. Do you think this is a problem and should I switch to a different drug?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
Carbamazepine (Carbatrol) is used to control certain types of seizures in the treatment of epilepsy. Along with its needed effects, unwanted effects do occur. Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. You seem to have been well-adjusted with a prolonged therapy. However, you must be monitored for serious side effects that include dangerously low red and white blood cell counts, severe skin reactions as well as serious liver abnormalities, such as hepatitis, resulting in jaundice. Low sodium levels and thyroid abnormalities can also occur, so make sure your levels are checked. If you are considering switching to another drug, you doctors’ advice regarding the switch and dosing must be followed closely.

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Carbatrol has some side effects and you should be monitored closely while taking this epilepsy drug.
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