Trileptal is an effective medication taken to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders. Sometimes, doctors prescribe it with other similar meds, and patients need to take it orally, twice a day, with and without meals. The right dosage of all users depends on their medical condition and individual tolerance. It’s necessary to take each dose on time to keep the level of Trileptal in blood constant, so take all doses at evenly spaced time intervals. Besides, it’s not allowed to stop taking this medicine suddenly, because seizures may return.
Mild and Severe Side Effects
Like other medications, Trileptal may cause certain side effects, but they are rare, and most of them are mild, including the following symptoms:
Drowsiness and dizziness;
Unusual fatigue and headaches;
Vomiting and nausea;
Difficulty sleeping and dry mouth;
Constipation and acne.
If any of these troubling signs persist, you need to contact doctors promptly. The good news is that most people who take Trileptal don’t experience any serious adverse effects. However, if you notice any of the following severe symptoms, you need to get medical help as soon as possible:
Double vision or other vision changes;
Difficulty speaking and concentrating;
Involuntary eye movements and trouble walking;
Loss of coordination and uncontrolled muscle movements;
Dulled sense of touch and allergies;
Easy bruising and bleeding;
Persistent sore throat and chest pain;
Bloody stools and stomach pain;
Dark urine and other urine changes;
Yellow skin and eyes.
In rare cases, some patients who undergo this treatment may experience suicidal thoughts and attempts, depression and other mood or mental problems. That’s why they need to notify their doctors of any sudden or unusual changes in their behavior and mood.
Important Trileptal Precautions
Before taking this medication, your doctor should be well-informed about any possible allergic reactions to drugs and your medical history, especially if you have recent seizures, kidney problems and reduced sodium blood levels. Trileptal can make some patients feel dizzy and drowsy, so it’s not advisable to drive or do other things, because they won’t be performed safely. Be sure to limit alcoholic beverages when taking this drug.
Dangerous Trileptal Drug Interactions
There are some medications that shouldn’t be taken when undergoing this treatment because of possible drug interactions that cause serious side effects and other health complications. Let your doctor know if you’re taking any other pharmaceutical products, especially calcium channel blockers, HIV medications, birth control pills, other drugs that control seizures, anti-anxiety and sleeping pills, tranquilizers and sedatives, narcotic pain killers, muscle relaxants, psychiatric meds, antihistamines and others. Make a full list of other supplements, vitamins and minerals that you need to use.