I have been on tegretol for the past 16 yrs after i had craniotomy, now that i'm married, my husband and i are trying to get pregnant, we are now married for two years and have not conceived til now
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
It is vital that women with epilepsy receive specialist advice before getting pregnant, so they are well informed of potential risks and benefits of continuing antiepileptic treatment. Pregnant women taking antiepileptic medicine have a higher risk of carrying a baby with developmental problems and malformations. However, if a woman with epilepsy stops treatment because she is pregnant, there is a risk of seizures that can harm both mother and baby. It is important that all the risks and benefits of treatment are weighed up. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Women who decide to try for a baby while taking carbamazepine should start taking folic acid daily as soon as contraception is stopped, as this may reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in the baby. Ask your doctor for advice on the dose to take - it may be recommended that you take 5mg daily.
Women who continue to take carbamazepine during a pregnancy should, wherever possible, be prescribed carbamazepine on its own, in the lowest effective dose, to minimise the risk to the baby. Specialist medical advice must be sought.
This medicine passes into breast milk. The benefits of breastfeeding should be weighed against any possible risks to the infant. Breast-fed infants should be observed for possible adverse reactions of the medicine, such as excessive drowsiness, skin rashes or poor weight gain. Discuss this with your doctor.
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- Tegretol Information for Consumers
- Tegretol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tegretol (detailed)
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