Oxcarb 300 mg (Oxcarbazepine)
Oxcarb is a medication for treating epilepsy. The FDA approved its active component Ocarbazepine only for the treatment of seizures. The use of a drug for its approved indication is called as labeled use. On the other hand, health care specialists often prescribe medications for unlabeled uses when case reports or other clinical experiences support the safety and efficacy of those treatments. Unlabeled use of Oxcarb includes treatments of panic disorder, agitation, and bipolar disorder. The anticonvulsant medication is also used for treating mood disorders, hence can be called as mood stabilizers.
What is Oxcarb used for?
Oxcarb is used as monotherapy or adjunctive therapy of partial seizures in adults and children four years and older with epilepsy. It is used as adjunctive therapy in patients 2 to 16 years of age with epilepsy. Your health care professional can also prescribe this medicine for the management of trigeminal neuralgia.
How does Oxcarb work?
Oxcarb’s active component Oxcarbazepine works by blocking sodium channels in neural membranes, stabilizes hyperexcitable states, inhibits repetitive neuronal firing, and decreases propagation of synaptic impulses. In this way, it decreased the incidence of seizures.
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What does Oxcarb contain?
Oxcarb contains Oxcarbazepine as the active ingredient. It is formulated to treat complex partial tonic-clonic seizures.
Effects of alcohol on Oxcarb
Patients are advised to avoid taking alcohol during the treatment with Oxcarb.
What are the side effects of Oxcarb?
- Gastrointestinal tract disorders- nausea, thirst, abdominal pain, dyspepsia, vomiting
- Dermatological issues- urticaria, rash, acne
- Neurological issues- tremor, ataxia, gait disturbances
- Central nervous system disorders- headache, suicidal thoughts, fatigue, dizziness, drowsiness, vertigo, suicidal thoughts, cognitive symptoms
- EENT disorders- nystagmus, abnormal vision, diplopia
- Miscellaneous disorders- lymphadenopathy, allergic reactions, hyponatremia, hypersensitivity reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome and multiorgan reactions.
What medications interact with Oxcarb?
Patients are instructed to notify health care specialist about all OTC medications, herbal, products, or vitamins being taken and to talk health care professional before taking other medications.
- Hormonal contraceptives
- Valprpoic acid
When should Oxcarb not be used?
- Oxcarb should not be used in patients with hypersensitivity. Crossed sensitivity with Carbamazepine may occur.
- It is not suitable for lactating women.
The medicine should be used carefully in the following conditions:
- Renal impairment
- Severe hepatic impairment
- Pediatrics (less than 4 years of age)
How should Oxcarb be used?
- Oxcarb should be taken twice daily before or after consuming food. Take the tablet on an empty stomach, at least one hour before or two hours after meals. Taking with food increases risks of adverse effects. You are not allowed to chew, crush or break the tablets. Swallow it whole with a glass of water.
- The medicine should be gradually discontinued to prevent seizures. Patients are instructed to carefully go through the prescription guide before starting the treatment.
- Oxcarbazepine may cause CNS changes, drowsiness, or dizziness. Patients are advised to avoid driving and other physical activities that require alertness. Do not drive until your health care specialist has told you to do.
- Always notify your health care specialist of medication regimen before treatment or surgery.
- Tell your health care specialist if thoughts about suicide or dying, new or worse depression, attempts to commit suicide, feeling agitated, being hungry, acting on dangerous impulses, an extreme increase in activity and talking, being violent, new or worse irritability, and other unusual changes in mood and behavior.
How long should Oxcarb be used?
Oxcarb helps to control your epilepsy, but does not cure it. You must take it daily, even if you feel well. Do not stop taking the medicine or lower the dose without checking with your health care specialist. Also, do not run out of Oxcarb tablets over the weekend or on holidays.
Missed dose of Oxcarb
Patients are instructed to take the Oxcarb in equally spaced doses, as directed. Take the missed dose as soon as possible, but not just before next scheduled dose. Also, do not double dose. Inform health care specialist if more than one dose is missed.
How should Oxcarb be stored?
- Store the medicine in a cool, dry place, at controlled room temperature
- Do not store your medicine in the bathroom or near a sink
- Keep it in its original packet