Most people taking Trileptal need to take at least 1200 mg total per day. However, the recommended starting Trileptal dose for adults and adolescents ages 16 and older is Trileptal 600 mg total per day (split up into two smaller doses per day). Your healthcare provider may slowly increase your Trileptal dosage as necessary. Among the factors that can affect Trileptal dosing are other drugs you may be taking and your age and weight.
The dose of Trileptal® (oxcarbazepine) that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age and weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As always, do not adjust your Trileptal dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
The recommended starting Trileptal dose for adults and adolescents ages 16 and older is Trileptal 600 mg total per day (split up into two smaller doses per day). Your healthcare provider may slowly increase your Trileptal dose as necessary. Most people need at least Trileptal 1200 mg total per day.
For children ages 2 to 16, the recommended starting dose is based on weight. The starting dose is 8 mg to 10 mg per kg (3.6 mg to 4.5 mg per pound), split up into two smaller doses per day. Your child's healthcare provider may increase the Trileptal dose as necessary.
Following are some considerations for people taking Trileptal:
- Trileptal comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth twice a day.
- Trileptal can be taken with or without food. If Trileptal upsets your stomach, try taking it with food.
- A liquid form (Trileptal® Suspension) is available for those with difficulty swallowing tablets. Make sure to shake the medicine thoroughly before each dose.
- Trileptal should be taken at the same times each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Trileptal will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or Trileptal dosing in general, talk with your healthcare provider, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop taking the drug without discussing it with your healthcare provider.