i have been takin tegratol for 5 to 6 yrs n my teeth have black spots on them and starting to decay and has been like this for a while but they dont hurt and there is no infection could this be a side effect from the medication
Many anticonvulsant drugs are hard on teeth and gums. (Dilantin is one especially notorious for it.) Tegretol can also cause dry mouth which can wreak havoc on your dental heath. Saliva helps keep the teeth 'cleaner' by rinsing away food particles and keeps bacterial growth down. Good dental hygiene is essential when taking these types of medications. Also be sure to drink plenty of water. Rinse your teeth with water after eating if you are unable to brush. You should have your mouth evaluated by your dentist. The black could be decay or it could be tarter that is discoloring especially if you smoke. When you take these types of medications it is also essential to see your dentist at least yearly if not every 6 months for cleaning and check up.
- Tegretol Information for Consumers
- Tegretol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Tegretol (detailed)
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