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What should I know before taking carbamazepine?

Donna Hill Howes, RN
Family Practitioner

Your doctor will need to do blood work, liver tests, and a urine analysis before starting treatment. A thorough eye exam is recommended. People of Asian descent may need special genetic testing.

Carbamazepine can cause confusion, agitation, or even psychosis in older adults.

Carbamazepine is passed into breast milk and may not be a good option for those who are breastfeeding.

If you have heart conduction disorder (AV block), carbamazepine may not be a good option for you.

Carbamazepine may not be a good option for you if you have liver impairment and should be avoided if you have liver porphyria.

If you are pregnant, may be pregnant, or are planning to become pregnant, avoid carbamazepine. The health of your baby may be at risk if you take carbamazepine.

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