07.01 Carbamazepine (Tegretol)

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Generic Name

Carbamazepine

Trade Name

Tegretol
Indication seizures, DM neuropathy, pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia

Action

Affects Na channels in neurons leading to decreased synaptic transmission

Therapeutic Class

Anticonvulsant

Pharmacologic Class

Dibenzazepine

Nursing Considerations

• Interferes with oral contraceptives
• Do not use with MAOIs
• May cause suicidal thoughts
• May cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome, agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia,
thrombocytopenia
• Do not consume grapefruit juice while taking this medication
• Monitor CBC and platelet count
• Monitor serum blood levels of medication often

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