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Carbamazepine : Interaction with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine


Interaction of Carbamazepine with Food, Herbs, Alcohol and Caffeine - For your own safety It is important to understand and avoid the drug-food interaction and how to take the medication. Drug-food interaction can sometimes cause side effects and can even reduce the efficacy of the drug.
Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant drug, prescribed for epilepsy and bipolar disorder, as well as trigeminal neuralgia.

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Carbamazepine Interactions with Food and Herbs

Grapefruit juice, Kinnow juice, Pomegranate juice, Star fruit juice: Carbamazepine interacts with fruit juices like grapefruit juice, kinnow juice, pomegranate juice, and star fruit juice. As a result of these interactions, the serum drug level may increase. Strictly avoid such fruit juices while taking carbamazepine.

Carbamazepine Interactions with Alcohol

Carbamazepine alone can cause drowsiness. Intake of alcohol with carbamazepine further adds to the drowsiness caused by the drug.
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Carbamazepine Interactions with Caffeine

Caffeine reduces the antiepileptic effect of the carbamazepine.

How to Take the Medication -

Carbamazepine is usually available as a tablet, a chewable tablet, an extended-release (long-acting) tablet, an extended-release capsule, and as a suspension (liquid). The tablet, chewable tablet and suspension are taken 3-4 times in a day. The extended release tablet is taken twice a day with meals and the extended release capsule is taken twice a day either with food or on an empty stomach. Do not crush, chew or split the tablet or capsule. Swallow it as a whole.
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