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Who Should Not Take Carbamazepine?

You should not take carbamazepine if you:
  • Are allergic to carbamazepine or any of the inactive components used to make carbamazepine. Your healthcare provider or pharmacist has a list of the inactive ingredients.
  • Are taking nefazodone (Serzone®), as carbamazepine may make nefazodone ineffective.

  • Have had bone marrow depression in the past. Bone marrow depression is a blood disorder in which the bone marrow does not function properly to produce blood cells. You may have had bone marrow depression if you have ever had a low blood count on a laboratory test.
  • Are allergic to tricyclic antidepressants, such as:



  • Have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) within the past two weeks. Some examples of MAOIs include:



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