Oxtellar XR Uses

How Does It Work?

Seizures are the result of brief abnormal activity in the brain's electrical system. It is unknown exactly how Oxtellar XR works for treating seizures. Studies suggest that it may work by blocking brain sodium channels that are sensitive to electrical changes in the brain.
By blocking sodium channels in the brain, Oxtellar XR helps stabilize neurons and prevents them from firing rapidly. This helps prevent the spread of abnormal electrical activity to other areas of the brain.
Oxtellar XR contains the extended-release, once-daily form of oxcarbazepine. Regular release oxcarbazepine is the active ingredient in another anti-seizure medication known as Trileptal®.

Is It Safe for Children to Use Oxtellar XR?

This medication is approved for use in children age six and older. It is not approved for use in children younger than age six because the size of the tablets is not appropriate for younger children (and the tablets must be swallowed whole). This medication has not been adequately studied in children younger than four years old. Talk to your child's healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using Oxtellar XR in children.

Can Older Adults Use It?

In clinical studies, adults older than age 60 had higher blood levels of the medication compared to younger individuals. It is recommended that older adults be started on lower Oxtellar XR doses (300 mg or 450 mg a day). The dose can be slowly increased, no more often than once a week, if necessary to effectively control seizures.

Off-Label Uses for Oxtellar XR

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this medicine for treating something other than partial seizures. This is called an "off-label" use. Oxtellar XR may be prescribed for a variety of off-label reasons, including the treatment of:
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