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Carbamazepine is licensed to treat several conditions, including bipolar disorder, epilepsy, and trigeminal neuralgia. The prescription medication is available in a number of forms, including tablets, chewable tablets, extended-release tablets, extended-release capsules, and liquid. Depending on the product, carbamazepine is usually taken two to four times daily. Possible side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea.
What Is Carbamazepine?Carbamazepine (Carbatrol®, Epitol®, Equetro®, Tegretol®) is a prescription medication used to treat the following conditions:
- Bipolar disorder -- The medication is approved to treat manic or mixed episodes (which include characteristics of both mania and depression) associated with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression.
- Epilepsy -- Carbamazepine is approved to treat various types of seizures, though it is usually not effective at treating absence seizures (petit mal seizures).
- Trigeminal neuralgia -- The medication also is approved to treat pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia (also known as tic douloureux), a nerve condition that causes episodes of facial pain (typically cheek or jaw pain).