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Oxcarbazepine - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Last Updated on Oct 30, 2010
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Information about Oxcarbazepine

Generic Name : Oxcarbazepine
Pronunciation : OX-kar-BAZ-e-peen
Latest prescription information about Oxcarbazepine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y46.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anticonvulsants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Oxcarbazepine

India : 


International : 


Why is Oxcarbazepine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an anticonvulsant, prescribed for partial seizure disorders in epileptic children and adults, either alone or with other medication. It reduces anxiety and mood disorders. It also controls benign motor tics (sudden movements in body lasting for a short period of time). It slows down the abnormal nerve impulses in the brain. 


When should Oxcarbazepine not be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Oxcarbazepine?

Adult: Initial- 600 mg/day in 2 divided doses; increase the dose gradually depending on response. Maintenance: 600-1,200 mg/day, up to 2.4 g/day in adjunct therapy or refractory patients switched from other anticonvulsants.

How should Oxcarbazepine be taken?

It comes as a tablet, and a suspension is administered through mouth. It is usually taken two times per day with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Oxcarbazepine?

• Cross-sensitivity to carbamazepine may occur.

Avoid abrupt withdrawal.

Caution needed for patients with history of liver or kidney disease, patients at risk of hyponatraemia (Decreased sodium level in the blood), pregnancy.

It may make you drowsy or dizzy, or may cause vision changes.

Do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Oxcarbazepine?

  Most Common: Dizziness, drowsiness, double vision, running nose, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, ataxia, abnormal vision, sore throat, abdominal pain, tremor, indigestion, abnormal gait.
  Body as a Whole: Weakness, swelling in the legs, weight increase.
  Heart: Low blood pressure
  Gastrointestinal: Diarrhea, constipation, inflammation of stomach.
  Metabolic: Decreased sodium level in blood and thyroid.
  Musculoskeletal: Muscle weakness, and sprain.
  Central Nervous System: Headache, involuntary eye movement, gait, sleeplessness, tremor, nervousness, agitation, poor co-ordination, EEG abnormal, speech disorder, confusion, injury to the brain, tremor, abnormal thinking.
  Respiratory: Inflammation of nose.
  Skin: Pimple
  Potentially Fatal: Stevens-Johnson syndrome (rashes in skin and mucous membrane), toxic epidermal cell death, anaphylaxis (allergic reaction) and rapid swelling of skin.

What are the other precautions for Oxcarbazepine?

Avoid alcohol consumption while taking this medication.

What are the storage conditions for Oxcarbazepine?

Store it at room temperature (25C) and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

Learn more about Oxcarbazepine's interaction with Alcohol

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HETAL123, India

MY daughter aged16yrs is taking oxetol 450 twice a day for 3and half month, for about 1 month she is complaining about headache in front portion of head-dom, especially while coughing or forward bendin. What should I do?

kvrs, India

Wht happens if i take oxetol 300 mg instead of oxetol 150 mg in the morning.Doctor prescribed me for 300 in the night and 150 in the morning. Please reply asap

anjancapri, India

My wife aged 56 having seizures for last 25 yrs. Recently she had seizure after a gap of 2 and half yrs. She was taking levipil 500mg for some time and as per doctors advice she was taking prodep capsule 25mg once daily in the morning. Now after the recent attack she has been medicated oxetal 300mg twice along with ativan 1mg once. She is experiencing frequent urination with extreme weakness and breathlessness. Kindly suggest.

ganesh1969, India

for what purpose is oxetol 150mg taken

viteej, India

which are the other medicines which I can consume instead of oxetol 300 and which is cheap by rate. what is the time limit to take this medicene, please guide waiting for your gidence.
my self viteej havsar, my mail ID : vjbhavsar@ovi.com

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