What is Trileptal used for?

Trileptal is a medicine to treat partial seizures in adults. It can be taken by itself or used in combination with other seizure medicines. Taken with other seizure medicines, Trileptal is also used to help treat partial seizures in children 4-16 years old.

Special Warnings associated with Trileptal:

Trileptal can cause low levels of sodium in the blood. Signs of low levels of blood sodium include nausea, extreme drowsiness and discomfort, headache, confusion, or dullness, which can be dangerous. Make sure that you inform your doctor if you are taking any medications that may lower the level of sodium in your blood. Medications that lower sodium include:

carbamazepine (Tegretol)
chlorpropamide (Diabinese)
diuretics (water pills)

Trileptal can cause allergic reactions. If you have had an allergic reaction to other anti-seizure medicines, especially carbamazepine (Tegretol), tell your doctor.

Make sure that you have a conversation with your doctor before you stop Trileptal or any other seizure medicine. Stopping a seizure medicine all at once can cause status epilepticus, a serious problem.

General Precautions to take when on Trileptal:

Some people taking Trileptal can have some serious problems that include:

  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Depression or abnormal thinking
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Speech or language problems
  • Difficulty with coordination and walking

Trileptal can cause you to become drowsy. Do not drive any type of vehicle orattempt to operate heavy or complex machinery until you know how Trileptal affects you.

Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Trileptal. Drinking alcohol will probably increase the side effects of Trileptal.

There are some things that you should tell your doctor when taking this medication:

Certain types of medications can interact with Trileptal, tell your doctor what medications you are taking, including those that you take without a prescription. Trileptal may reduce the effectiveness of:

  • some medications used to lower blood pressure (e.g., calcium channel blockers)
  • birth control pills
  • other anti-seizure medications

Trileptal may cause birth defects. Inform your doctor as soon as possible if you are pregnant, or if you are trying to get pregnant. Before taking Trileptal, tell your doctor if you are nursing or planning to nurse your baby.

What side effects can you expect when taking Trileptal? (This is only a partial list of side effects reported with Trileptal. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a complete list of possible side effects and drug interactions..)

The most Common side that have been reported to doctors are::

  • Dizziness or vertigo
  • Drowsiness
  • Double vision or other vision problems
  • Feeling tired
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Coordination problems
  • Stomach pain
  • Tremor
  • Upset stomach
  • Headache

For more detailed information about Trileptal, ask your doctor


One Comment on "What is Trileptal used for?"

  1. Paul H. Collin on Fri, 19th Aug 2011 10:22 am 

    I take it and it does make me Sleepy with Paxil

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