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Carbatrol is licensed for treating epilepsy and relieving pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia. It is not known exactly how the medication works, but it is thought to possibly block sodium channels in the brain, decreasing the activity of nerve cells and preventing them from firing abnormally. Carbatrol comes in capsule form and is usually taken twice a day. Potential side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and nausea.
What Is Carbatrol?Carbatrol® (carbamazepine) is a prescription medication used to treat the following conditions:
- Epilepsy -- This medication is used for the treatment of various types of seizures, although it is generally not effective at treating absence seizures (petit mal seizures).
- Trigeminal neuralgia -- Carbatrol is also used for relieving pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia (also known as tic douloureux), a nerve condition that causes episodes of facial pain (typically cheek or jaw pain).