Carmaz Drug Information
Some commonly used brand name for Carmaz are: Tegretol, Epitol, Atretol,
Carbazene; Carbazep; Carbazina; Carbazine.
What is Carmaz and for what Carmaz is used?
Carbamazepine or Carmaz is an anticonvulsant and is mainly used to control epilepsy, grand mal and cortical focal types of seizures in the treatment of epilepsy. Carmaz is also used to relieve pain due to trigeminal neuralgia.
How to Take Carmaz ?
The dose of Carmaz will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label . Carmaz must be administered by a qualified healthcare provider.
What are the Side Effects of Carmaz -
Like all medicines, Carmaz can cause some side-effects. Some common side effects reported with this medicine include the following. Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- restlessness and nervousness,
- angina pectoris
- steven-johnson syndrome
Carmaz is an enzyme inducer.Its metabolism is induced by phenobarbitone, phenytoin, valproate and vice versa. It has also been found to reduce the blood levels of valproic acid. Erythromycin inhibits the metabolism of carbamazepine. By enzyme induction Carmaz reduces the efficacy of oral contraceptives.
Warnings and precautions before taking Carmaz :
- Carmaz should not be administered to patients with known hypersensitivity to carbamazepine or to any of the tricyclic compounds, such as amitriptyline, trimipramine, imipramine, or their analogues or metabolites, because of the similarity in chemical structure.
- Remember do not stop using this Carmaz medicine suddenly without asking your doctor.
- carmaz drug is not a simple analgesic and should not be used for the relief of trivial aches or pains.
- Before taking this drug Carmaz, tell your doctor if you are pregnant.
Pregnancy - There are reports of babies having low birth weight, small head size, skull and facial defects, underdeveloped fingernails, and delays in growth, when their mothers had taken carbamazepine in high doses during pregnancy. Studies in animals have revealed that carbamazepine causes birth defects when given in large doses. Therefore, the use of carbamazepine during pregnancy should be treated with caution.
- Talk with your physician or pharmacist if you are taking other medications with Carmaz.
- Tell your doctor if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking carbamazepine.
- Breast feeding- Carmaz passes into breast milk. Because it may cause unwanted effects in nursing babies, use of carbamazepine is not recommended during breast-feeding.
What if Overdose of Carmaz ?
If you think you or anyone else may have taken too many Carmaz, immediately telephone your doctor or contact your local or regional Poisons Information Centre Seek medical attention immediately.
You may need urgent medical attention.
What if Missed Dose of Carmaz?
If you miss a dose of Carmaz medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Storage Conditions for Carmaz:
Store Carmaz in a cool, dry place, away from direct light and heat.
Keep this medicine where young children cannot reach them such as a locked cupboard.
Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
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