Brand names: Equetro
Equetro is used to treat acute manic and mixed episodes of Bipolar I Disorder.
A manic episode is a time of abnormally elevated, unreserved, or irritable mood. A mixed episode is a manic episode with a major depressive episode (depressed mood, loss of interest or pleasure in nearly all activities).
Do not begin treatment with Equetro if you are already being treated with a drug containing carbamazepine. If stopped abruptly, Equetro may cause a seizure in epileptic people.
Carbamazepine may cause severe harm during pregnancy.
Equetro capsules may be swallowed whole, or opened and sprinkled over food such as applesauce. Capsules may be taken with or without food. Do not crush or chew the capsules.
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking Carbamazepine.
Do not use Equetro if you have had problems with your bone marrow, or if you are allergic to any ingredients.
Avoid potentially harmful activities, such as driving and operating machinery, until you see how Equetro affects you, as Carbamazepine may cause dizziness and blurred vision.
Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Equetro. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, a seizure disorder, or previous problems with your blood.
Do not take Equetro if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or nursing. This drug may cause severe problems during pregnancy, such as spina bifida (an opening in the spinal cord). Also, Carbamazepine may pass into your breast milk.
The usual dosage of Equetro is 400 milligrams (mg) per day. The dosage may be adjusted by 200-mg increments. The maximum dosage of Carbamazepine is 1600 mg per day.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.