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Who should not take carbamazepine extended-release?

Carbamazepine extended-release is harmful to fetuses and may cause spina bifida and other congenital abnormalities. This drug is excreted in breast milk. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or a nursing mother, before taking this drug.

You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to certain antidepressants, or have a history of bone marrow suppression.

Do not take carbamazepine extended-release if you have taken an MAO inhibitor in the past two weeks. This drug can cause suicidal thoughts. People of Asian descent, may be at a higher risk of a serious, rare skin reaction. You should not take carbamazepine extended-release if you are allergic to any of the ingredients.

You may not be able to take this drug if you are taking certain drugs that interact with it or if you have liver or kidney disease, lupus, heart disease or heart block, porphyria, any mental illness, or glaucoma.