Carbatrol Drug Interactions

Hormonal Contraceptives
Carbatrol can make hormonal contraceptives (including birth control pills, implants, patches, and rings) less effective, increasing your chance of pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about non-hormonal forms of contraception (such as condoms).
 
Lithium
Combining lithium with Carbatrol can increase your risk of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking these medications together.
 
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors
In general, you should not take MAOIs and Carbatrol together. Before you can take Carbatrol, you need to stop taking an MAOI for at least 14 days.
 
Niacin
Niacin products (including non-prescription niacin) can increase the level of Carbatrol in your blood, which may increase your risk of side effects. Be aware that many B-complex vitamins contain niacin. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking these medications together.
 
Other Seizure Medications
Some other seizure medications may increase or decrease the level of Carbatrol in your blood. Also, Carbatrol can increase or decrease the level of these seizure medications in your blood. Your healthcare provider should monitor you closely if you take Carbatrol in combination with other seizure medications. It should not be taken with other medications containing carbamazepine, including Epitol®, Equetro®, and Tegretol®.
 
Propoxyphene
Propoxyphene can increase the level of Carbatrol in your blood, increasing your risk of side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider before taking these medications together.
 
Protease Inhibitors
Protease inhibitors can increase the level of Carbatrol in your blood, perhaps increasing your risk of side effects. Your healthcare provider may need to lower your Carbatrol dose to prevent this interaction from occurring.
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