Oxcarbazepine (Oral)

Oxcarbazepine (By Mouth)

Oxcarbazepine (ox-kar-BAZ-e-peen)

Treats seizures caused by epilepsy in adults and children.

Brand Name(s):
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to oxcarbazepine.

How to Use This Medicine:

Tablet, Liquid

  • Your doctor will tell you how much to use and how often. Do not use more of this medicine than your doctor ordered.  
  • Do not stop using this medicine suddenly or without talking with your doctor.  
  • You may use the medicine with or without food.  
  • Measure the oral liquid medicine with a marked measuring spoon, oral syringe, or medicine cup.  
  • Shake the oral liquid well just before using. You can take the medicine directly from syringe, or you can mix the medicine in a glass with a small amount of water. If you mix the medicine, drink the mixture right away. Do not save any mixture to use later.

If a dose is missed:

  • Use your medicine as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose.  
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.  
  • Do not use two doses at the same time.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.  
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Dispose of any leftover oral liquid medicine 7 weeks after you open the bottle.  
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using any other medicines to control seizures, including carbamazepine (Tegretolreg;), phenobarbital, phenytoin (Dilantinreg;), or valproic acid (Depakotereg;).  
  • Avoid drinking alcohol while you are using this medicine.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.  
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have kidney disease, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to carbamazepine (Tegretolreg;).  
  • If you are using birth control pills, they may not work as well while you are also using oxcarbazepine. Use a back-up form of birth control such as a diaphragm, condom, or spermicide.  
  • This medicine can cause dizziness or drowsiness. Be careful when driving or doing anything that requires you to be alert.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Blurred vision or double vision  
  • Rapid eye movements (especially in children)  
  • Seizures  
  • Trouble walking, speaking, or controlling body movement  
  • Uncontrollable shaking  
  • Visual changes

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dizziness  
  • Drowsiness  
  • Headache  
  • Nausea or vomiting  
  • Rash  
  • Stomach pain or indigestion

Johns Hopkins patient information

Copyright 1996-2014 Cerner Multum, Inc. Version: 16.02.
Revision date: June 22, 2011
Last revised: by Andrew G. Epstein, M.D.

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