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The prescription medication Carbatrol® (carbamazepine) is approved to treat both epilepsy and trigeminal neuralgia. It is believed to work by blocking sodium channels in the brain, decreasing the activity of nerve cells and preventing them from firing abnormally. This medicine comes in capsule form and is typically taken twice a day.
Although most people tolerate this drug well, it is not appropriate for everyone. Safety information on Carbatrol should be reviewed with your healthcare provider before beginning treatment. This includes possible side effects to watch for, including signs of an allergic reaction, and knowing which medications can interact with Carbatrol.
(Click Carbatrol for more information on this drug, including specific side effects that may occur, what to do in cases of overdose, and other issues to discuss with your healthcare provider.)
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