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What should I avoid while taking carbamazepine?

Do not drink grapefruit juice or eat grapefruit with carbamazepine, as it can increase the drug's negative side effects. Also avoid monoamine oxidase inhibitors and nefazodone. Women who usually take birth control pills should choose an alternative form of birth control, as carbamazepine can reduce birth control pills' effectiveness. Staying out of the sun and avoiding medications that could increase drowsiness is also important. Avoiding activities that could put you at risk for infection is also advised, as carbamazepine may reduce your immune system's ability to protect you. Discuss with your doctor to make sure you understand all the risks associated with taking carbamazepine.

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