Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant with mood-stabilizing properties. Here is basic information about this medication.
Equetro® (extended-release carbamazepine): For the treatment of acute manic or mixed episodes associated with bipolar I disorder
Initial: 200 mg twice daily
Titrate: 200 mg/day until clinical response
Maximum: 1600 mg/day
1. Reduce dose gradually when discontinuing treatment.
2. Monitor serum carbamazepine concentrations to help in dose selection and minimizing the risk of toxicity.
3. Capsules may be taken orally or opened and beads sprinkled over food.
Dosage forms and strengths
Immediate-release tablets (Tegretol and generic): 200 mg
Extended-release capsules (Equetro® and generic): 100 mg, 200 mg, and 300 mg
Extended-release tablets (Tegretol®-XR and generic): 100 mg, 200 mg, and 400 mg
Please see this page for a handout listing the common and less common side effects of carbamazepine along with the percentages of patients who report them
Important! Please refer to the full Prescribing Information (see link below) before prescribing this medication.
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