Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) has become unbearable for me with the adverse effects I've been experiencing, so my neurologist recommended Aptiom. I read that it's possible to make an overnight switch between these two drugs. Has anyone here tried this? I am very interested (desperate actually) to hear of people experiences with these two drugs. After experiencing the horrible withdrawal symptoms of Oxcarbazepine I'm actually terrified to make the switch. The last time I tried to gradually switch from Oxcarbazepine to another drug (Lamictal) I wound up in the emergency room suffering from horrible, unrelenting panic attacks. Is there anyone out there that can ease my fears?
I was taken off oxcarbazepine and switched to aptiom and had a bad experience unfortunately. Restarted on trileptal with a new Dr. However, everyone is different and mine is just one experience. I've been told aptiom can be used in combination with other seizure meds. So maybe your Dr could start aptiom first and then remove the trileptal?
I did it without any problems. My last trileptal was on Sunday, my first aptiom on Monday. I have never experienced any withdrawal symptoms during this switch. I also have never experienced anxiety while on either medication. However, it is listed as a side effect while taking these medication. I have also been off and on Trileptal for many years and never experienced any withdrawal symptoms. I think you may be weaning off the medication too quickly or cutting the dose too much. It took me as long to get off of it as it did to find the correct safe dosage while starting it. Nearly a year. Hope this helps you.
I’ve. Had epilepsy since I was 14, and I’ve been taking lamictal and trileptal about that long. I made the switch to aptiom overnight, big improvement in cognitive function. But after a few days the depression I hadn’t felt for over a decade began to creep back into my mind. Your panic attacks were not likely from the lamictal, but from the lack of trileptal. *sigh* at least Oxcarbazepine is cheaper :/
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