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Does Tegretol have risks?

Tegretol has an unfortunate property called "autoinduction." This means that when we begin Tegretol, it causes the liver to make more of the enzymes that break it down. This can lead to the need to make considerable upward dosage adjustments every week or two for the first couple of months of treatment. During this period, the levels of other medications can also fluctuate. Tegretol can lead to liver and bone marrow damage.

A minor chemical modification of Tegretol leads to Trileptal, a drug which does not have the autoinduction property. Further, the probability of liver and bone marrow damage is reduced by this modification. Since these properties make the drug a lot easier and safer to use, we typically use Trileptal over Tegretol. While there are some patients who only respond to Tegretol, experience suggest that they are a small subgroup.

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