Also known as: Carbatrol, Epitol, Equetro, Tegretol, Tegretol XR
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Reviews for Carbamazepine to treat Bipolar Disorder
Review by mommy429 (taken for 1 to 6 months):
Equetro (carbamazepine): I have taken a lot of medicines and hated all of them or they didn't work for me. This one actually works but my sex drive, well I have none now and that in turn makes me depressed so I think my doctors going to have to try something else.
Review by feeling normal (taken for 6 months to 1 year):
carbamazepine: This is the ONLY thing that has worked for me. I was diagnosed with a 'nonspecified mood disorder', feeling totally out of control, no concentration, extremely irritable, suicidally depressed, angry, extremely everything, you name it. Tried on Lexapro (small effect, then nothing), Effexor (killed my whole soul- left me feeling nothing at all and HORRIBLE to wean off off and gained 30 pounds in two months), Zoloft (turned me into a raging psychotic mess- violently angry ideations, a real nightmare), Xanax (psychosis), self-medication (won't go into that, but obviously not a good idea)....anyway, you get the gist. This medication gives me NO side effects and just took away my 'craziness' it changed my life.
14 users found this comment helpful.
Tegretol (carbamazepine): Loved Tegretol, kept my moods stable, worked well, felt calm and happy and in control for the first time in years,
Until a Dr decided it was ok to mix this with antibiotics along with the pill, and sinus medication, I suffered from TENS, after being told 3 times it couldn't be that I was so suck ended up in hospital for 2 months.
Now I remain untreated due to fear, however, what works or some doesn't work for others.
This worked for me until my body decided I was allergic to it and everything else.
Please be mindful of what you take any medication with!
19 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Taylor T. (taken for less than 1 month):
Tegretol (carbamazepine): Caused me to be very drowsy all of the time, sleeping about 16 hours every night and I developed an itchy rash of red pimple-like bumps on my scalp and neckline and middle of my back after taking it for a few days.
16 users found this comment helpful.
Review by Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month):
Tegretol (carbamazepine): I found Tegretol amazing. It made me so calm and stable even after a few days, the only issue with it is it makes me very drowsy and a little disorientated. That's the one side effect I've noticed. So if you drive a lot or operate heavy machinery or are a surgeon this is not the medication for you. Otherwise it is a great mood stabilizer.
27 users found this comment helpful.
Epitol (carbamazepine): I've been on Epitol for a little over 6 months and it has CHANGED my life. I had a hard time finding a medication that didn't worsen my condition or give me weird side effects and so far, I've had NONE of that from Epitol. The first few weeks were a little difficult as it made me kind of tired but I quickly adapted and no longer get drowsy. (I still find it best to take it before bedtime). My depressed symptoms are all but gone and my manic spells are much more mild (though occasionally longer). This medicine was a God-send.
Equetro (carbamazepine): Second week definitely feeling better. Weight is stable. Curbs my appetite, couple bouts of blurred vision but overall good. Back to psych doctor next week. Will see where dosage goes. Hoping to have this permanent and drop Seroquel.
Tegretol (carbamazepine): Started taking this medicine about two months ago, after the Lamictal-induced sickness wore off. Up to 400mg now and I think I need a higher dosage as have been manic for a couple of weeks now. But it started to work straight away, and no side effects except for my third day of taking them when I started to get a little confused. Was okay the next day though!
17 users found this comment helpful.
Tegretol (carbamazepine): I had a horrible experience after being prescribed Tegretol while in the hospital to treat my bipolar disorder. Within a few days of starting it, I began experiencing the shaking, nausea, etc. but the worst was the extreme anger/irritability I started experiencing. It got to the point that I would have horrible rages and felt like I was completely losing control. I kept asking my doctor to take me off the Tegretol, but he wouldn't. During one of these rages, I ended up fracturing my wrist because I hit a door so hard. After that, he agreed to take me off of it. After talking to other patients, I found out that a lot of them had similar experiences with this uncontrollable anger.
28 users found this comment helpful.
carbamazepine: I am Bipolar I, and have ADHD. The doctor told me it would take weeks to notice the effects. However, after the second dose, I noticed that my explosiveness was gone. My disproportionate rage to the event had disappeared. I love this medicine and will never get off of it. I take 200mg twice a day, but it feels like it lasts around 6 hours in me. So, I'm going to ask the doctor if I can take a 3rd pill per day. It's great! AND I don't feel drugged at all.
carbamazepine: Didn't help with my mood swings. I was on 200mg twice daily, switched to Depakote 500 mg twice daily, and I felt improvement in the first 10 days. My mood is stable and my severe anxiety has disappeared. Also I see improvement in OCD and I now can better focus. I'm also on Seroquel 100mg twice daily.
Tegretol (carbamazepine): I just started taking Tegretol on June 3 for mood stability. Also prescribed Celexa on same day. I also take Methadone 10mg 4x a day for chronic pain management for last 10 yrs. I love how it makes me feel and it's very hard for me to get angry BUT, it interferes with the methadone. At first nothing except feeling drunk for the first 4-5 days. Then it started. Withdrawal symptoms, increased pain, restlessness, insomnia, fatigue and nausea. Not sure if I can continue treatment but will find out on June 24 after my doctors appointment. Also taking meloxicam. Will let everyone know my results Friday afternoon.
13 users found this comment helpful.
Tegretol (carbamazepine): I had a very good experience on Tegretol. I had no side effects and was feeling better within three days. On top of stabilizing my moods it also reduced my fibromyalgia pain by a good 90% (which also helped my mood a lot). The only reason I stopped taking it is because I'm working on becoming pregnant and it does have some nasty side effects there. The new medicines I'm on don't work quite as well and I plan to go back on Tegretol as soon as I have a child.
20 users found this comment helpful.
Epitol (carbamazepine): I started taking Epitol 2 1/2weeks ago. I know I'm supposed to wait for the medicine to enter my system but it's made me so sick already. I started on a medium dose for 7 days then bumped up to more twice a day. Well I dropped myself down because my doctor appointment isn't for a while and It's making me so sick! It makes me dizzy, unsteady, my head "floats", and I even swear Ive been more depressed. I'm hoping it's just a dosage and time thing because it's a very inexpensive medicine and I need that!
Tegretol (carbamazepine): Well, I would say that the side effects, when you stop talking is like so.
I feel like I'm shivering inside, one of the worst feeling in the world. So bad that if I miss a dose, I'm waiting at the Pharmacy before its open.
I suggest that one doesn't miss a dose.
19 users found this comment helpful.
Tegretol (carbamazepine): Tegretol has slowed the rapid cycling I was experiencing with bipolar. I have noticed improved mood. I currently take a large dose, so I experience side effects. It's my only complaint about the drug. I would recommend anyone who is considering Tegretol for Bipolar to have a backup for depressed mood, as I don't feel it's effective for extreme low mood, mainly for bipolar mania.
25 users found this comment helpful.
Tegretol (carbamazepine): I've used Tegretol for the last three years and it's still working like it did in the beginning. My moods have been so much better over this time and I have a
lot better outlook now versus the time before I started taking this medicine. I love these good moods I stay in throughout the day.
33 users found this comment helpful.
Tegretol (carbamazepine): I have been using Tegretol for over five years and I think it is the best medicine for the manic side of bipolar. I don't notice any side effects and have not gained weight while using Tegretol.
36 users found this comment helpful.
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