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What is Carbamazepine XR?

Carbamazepine XR is a prescription medication that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administrationis and is used to treat bipolar disorder. This drug treats acute or mixed manic episodes, which are periods of abnormal, extremely elevated or irritable moods. How this drug works for this condition is not yet fully understood. Carbamazepine is the generic active ingredient and is available in an extended-release capsule.  As symptoms improve, the dose may be adjusted.

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