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Carbamazepine -- Side-effects

Abstract: List of a number of possible side effects of drugs containing carbamazepine.

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Carbamazepine -- Side-effects

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Written by: , lecturer of Psychiatry in the University of Ioannina Medical School, Greece. Eva Gerasi, postgraduate student in the Department of Psychiatry, University Hospital of Ioannina, Greece.
First version: 22 Jul 2008.
Latest revision: 29 Jul 2008.

What are the possible side effects of carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Epitol, Tegretol, Trimonil, Hermolepsin)?


  • If you experience any of the following serious side effects, your doctor immediately or seek emergency medical attention:
    • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
    • liver damage (yellowing of the skin or eyes, nausea, abdominal pain or discomfort, severe fatigue);
    • chest pain, high blood pressure (headache, flushing), or congestive heart failure (shortness of breath, swelling of ankles);
    • numbness or tingling in the hands, feet, arms, or legs;
    • body or muscle jerks;
    • confusion, slurred speech, or fainting;
    • continuing headache, hallucinations, or depression;
    • severe nausea or vomiting;
    • back-and-forth movements of the eyes;
    • blurred or double vision; or
    • decreased urination.
  • Rarely, carbamazepine may cause serious blood problems. Notify your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms, which may be early signs of potential blood problems:
    • fever, sore throat, rash, sores in the mouth, easy bruising, or red or purple bruising.
    • Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take carbamazepine and talk to your doctor if you experience
    • mild nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, or decreased appetite;
    • dry mouth;
    • impotence; or
    • joint or muscle aches or pains.
  • Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
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