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Brand name: Tegretol TM

Active ingredients: carbamazepine

What it is used for

1. Epilepsy: Complex or simple partial seizures (with or without loss of consciousness) with or without secondary generalisation; Generalised tonic-clonic seizures; Mixed seizure patterns incorporating the above. Tegretol is suitable for monotherapy and combination therapy. Tegretol is usually not effective in absence seizures, atonic seizures and myoclonic seizures and should not be used for status epilepticus (see "PRECAUTIONS"). 2. Trigeminal neuralgia: For relief of pain in idiopathic trigeminal neuralgia and trigeminal neuralgia due to multiple sclerosis; and in idiopathic glossopharyngeal neuralgia. (Tegretol is not a simple analgesic and is not intended for trivial facial pain or headache). 3. Mania and bipolar affective disorders: Treatment of mania and maintenance treatment of bipolar affective disorders to prevent or attenuate recurrence.

How to take it

The way to take this medicine is: Oral. This medicine is taken by mouth.

  • Store below 30 degrees Celsius
  • Shelf lifetime is 3 Years.

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

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White thixotropic suspension

Food interactions

For the active ingredient carbamazepine

  • Avoid alcohol.
  • Avoid taking grapefruit or grapefruit juice throughout treatment.
  • Grapefruit can significantly increase serum levels of this product.
  • Take with food, increases availability and reduces irritation.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Is this medicine subsidised?

This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on March 1, 2019. To learn more about this subsidy, visit the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) website.

Over 65?

This medicine contains the active ingredients:

If you are over 65 years of age, there may be specific risks and recommendations for use of this medicine. Please discuss your individual circumstances with your pharmacist, doctor or health professional. For more information read our page on medication safety for older people.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient carbamazepine

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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