What If I Take an Overdose?People who take too much Carbatrol may have overdose symptoms that could include:
- Irregular breathing or difficulty breathing
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- Low blood pressure (hypotension) or high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Loss of consciousness
- Twitching or shakiness
- Unusual body movements or postures
- Coordination problems
- Nausea or vomiting.
If you happen to take too much, seek immediate medical attention (see Carbatrol Overdose).
How Should Carbatrol Be Stored?Carbatrol should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Store the capsules in an airtight container.
Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.
What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?If you do not take your Carbatrol as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you miss any doses, especially if your blood levels are being monitored.
Are There Alternatives?
Several alternatives to Carbatrol for controlling seizures are available, such as:
- Other seizure medications (see Epilepsy Medication)
- Surgery (see Epilepsy Surgery)
- A special diet (see Epilepsy Diet).
While the medication is often effective and many people tolerate it well, it does not work for everyone. It may also cause side effects. With so many different treatment options for epilepsy available, people should not settle for a treatment that is not effective enough for them or that causes bothersome side effects.
(Click Carbatrol Alternatives for more information.)