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Description

Trileptal Suspension is an oral solution consisting of an anticonvulsant/antiepileptic called oxcarbazepine. We carry the brand choice Trileptal Suspension available in 60mg/ml.

Trileptal Suspension (oxcarbazepine) is a medicine used for the treatment of partial seizures and epilepsy. A seizure can be characterized by changes in your behavior, movements or feelings, and different levels of consciousness. A partial seizure is associated with epilepsy and will only affect one area of your brain and will not cause unconsciousness. A person who has a tendency of seizures, or has more than 2 or 3, they will be considered a person with epilepsy.  This is a neurological disorder in which activity in the brain becomes abnormal and unusual, which is the cause of seizures and epilepsy. How and why does brain activity become abnormal? It is commonly due to head trauma or injury or brain conditions (such as brain tumors or stroke). Although, sometimes epilepsy can be unprovoked, which is unlikely to occur often; the causes of unprovoked seizures are still unknown to doctors today.

Trileptal Suspension (oxcarbazepine) is effective at treating partial seizures and epilepsy because of its ability to decrease the nerve impulses which cause the seizures and pain to occur.

Directions

Use this medication only the way it has been prescribed to you by your doctor. Dosages may be changed throughout the duration of treatment. Frequent blood tests may be needed. In most cases, those with seizures take more than one type of medication. Ensure you are following your seizure medication plan exactly, taking all necessary medications at the appropriate times, correctly. Even if you feel fine, do not stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor. An increase in seizures may occur.

Ensure you shake the bottle well before each use.  Avoid using a household spoon; use a proper measuring syringe or measuring device. You may take the dose directly from the syringe or you may mix it into a glass of water. Ensure you rinse out the syringe when the dose is complete; allow it to air dry. This medication can be taken with or without food. You should wear a medical tag while using this medication. Medical care providers should know you are taking this drug in case of emergency.

Store at room temperature away from risk of moisture and heat. After opening the bottle, you have 7 weeks to use the medication before you need to discard of it.

Cautions

Do not use Trileptal Suspension (oxcarbazepine)

Trileptal Suspension should not be used by those who are allergic to oxcarbazepine or eslicarbazepine.

Only give this medication to a child if it has been prescribed to them their doctor.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

To ensure this medication is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had liver or kidney disease, mood problems or suicidal thoughts, or an allergy to carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol).

Risks

***Do not stop taking this medication suddenly - this includes those who find out they are pregnant during treatment. Stopping this medication suddenly can be dangerous, especially for an unborn child. ***

If you become pregnant during treatment; tell your doctor right away.

You should not breast feed while using this medication. Speak with your doctor about the risks if this concerns you.

Some patients find they have suicidal thoughts when first taking this medication. Regular doctor visits will be needed to monitor progress. Caregivers should also monitor you for changes in mood or behavior.

Trileptal Suspension can cause certain (hormonal) birth controls to be less effective. Use condoms or spermicide when having sexual intercourse to ensure pregnancy does not occur.

Side Effects

 Common side effects of Trileptal Suspension (oxcarbazepine) may include:

dizziness, drowsiness, tiredness; balance or coordination problems; nausea, vomiting; tremors or shaking; double vision; or rash.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Trileptal Suspension (oxcarbazepine) may include:

low sodium: headache, trouble focusing, memory problems, feeling confused, weakness, seizures, or change in balance;

allergic reaction: sneezing and an itchy, runny or blocked nose (allergic rhinitis), itchy, red, or watering eyes (conjunctivitis), wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, cough, a raised itchy, red rash (hives) or swollen lips, tongue, eyes or face;

drug interaction: skin rash, fever, swollen glands, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, severe weakness, unusual bruising, or yellowing of your skin or eyes.

If you have any of the above side effects or signs of complications, contact your doctor right away.

Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.

FAQs

Can I drink alcohol while using this medication?

No. You should avoid alcohol consumption while being treated with Trileptal Suspension (oxcarbazepine). Mixing the two can cause an increase in certain side effects and may also increase the risk of seizures.

What else should I avoid while using this medication?

You should also avoid becoming dehydrated or overheated, especially during exercise, activities in hot weather, or by not drinking enough water or fluids. Also avoid hazardous activities such as driving as this drug may impair your reactions and thought process.

What is the average dose for an adult with epilepsy?

The average dose for an adult with epilepsy is 300mg given twice per day, for a total of 600mg per day. You should not exceed more than 1200mg per day.

Can children use this medication?

Yes. Children who are at least 4 years old may use this medication by itself. Children who are at least 2 years old may use this medication with other medications.