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What should I know about carbamazepine before taking it?

Carbamazepine has the potential to interact with a large number of medications and supplements, which could lead to an increase in side effects. Other medical problems - including anemia, alcoholism, heart problems, high cholesterol, kidney disease, mental illness, glaucoma, and diabetes - may cause complications with or reduce the effects of carbamazepine. Pregnant women should avoid taking carbamazepine unless it is absolutely necessary, as the drug could harm developing fetuses. Additionally, those of Asian ancestry or who have skin diseases may be more at risk for side effects affecting the skin, and should be tested before taking carbamazepine. Carbamazepine should be used only as directed by a doctor, especially when it comes to taking additional medications or supplements.

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