What should I know about oxcarbazepine before taking it?

If your doctor has prescribed oxcarbazepine to treat seizures, here is some important information you should know: Oxcarbazepine is associated with suicidal thoughts and other serious side effects. Oxcarbazepine can cause your body's sodium level to plummet, a potentially deadly condition. You should not take oxcarbazepine if you are pregnant or nursing, unless your doctor has specifically advised it. This drug can harm a developing fetus and a nursing infant. It can also reduce the effectiveness of birth control pills, so you should use another birth control method while you are taking this drug. Oxcarbazepine can make you sleepy, dizzy, and uncoordinated, so you should not drive or do any other dangerous activities until you know how oxcarbazepine affects you. Do not drink alcohol while you are taking oxcarbazepine, as it can make you extremely sleepy. Oxcarbazepine can interact with calcium channel blockers (e.g., felodipine, verapamil), carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and valproic acid. Tell your doctor about all medications you are taking. If you have an allergy to oxcarbazepine or carbamazepine, do not take this drug. Also tell your doctor if you develop a fever, swollen lymph nodes and a rash while taking oxcarbazepine. These could be signs of a serious reaction to the drug that can affect organs throughout the body. 

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