Following are some general considerations for when and how to take Trileptal:
- It comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth twice a day.
- The medication can be taken with or without food. If it 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 medication thoroughly before each dose.
- It 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. It will not work if you stop taking it.
- Do not stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Trileptal Withdrawal).
The dosage 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 dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Trileptal Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include, but are not limited to:
(Click Trileptal Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
The following eMedTV articles describe specific side effects of the drug: