My son is on Carbatrol for 2 1/2 years after having 1 seizure -they never found the cause, is this treatment life long. Does he need to stay on it forever??? Also, how harmful is drinking alcohol while taking Carbatrol?
Carbatrol (Carbamazepine) is in a group of drugs called anticonvulsants. It works by decreasing nerve impulses that cause seizures and pain.
It is difficult to know how long your son will need treatment. You are best to talk to a neurologist as every patient is different. He may well be able to come off his medication but if he has another seizure he would need to start again.
Your son should avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of carbamazepine (impair thinking and reactions) and can also increase the risk of seizures.
If your son wants to drink alcohol make sure he is in a safe environment.
- Carbatrol Information for Consumers
- Carbatrol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Carbatrol (detailed)
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