User Reviews for Oxcarbazepine to treat Bipolar Disorder
Brand names: Trileptal, Oxtellar XR
Oxcarbazepine has an average rating of 8.1 out of 10 from a total of 153 reviews for the off-label treatment of Bipolar Disorder. 72% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 10% reported a negative experience.
Reviews for Oxcarbazepine
"Was diagnosed with bipolar type 1, OCD and a some ADHD. The first two doses was half a tablet. The second day I took half a dose, I felt normal for the first time in my life. I wanted to cry. Then I took 1 full dose for the next two days and I felt even better. The 5 day was 1.5 tablet and it made me super duper tired and sleepy (thank God I wasn’t working). So I went back down to one tablet. Ever since I stuck with that tablet, my racing thoughts and the impulsiveness improved A LOT! I feel more focused. I actually think before I act. I don’t really care what people think about me as much. People told me I am more calm and honestly. God bless the people who made this drug. I did have an increase hunger but I controlled it and it doesn’t affect me anymore. I can't wait to go to my follow up with my doctor and tell her about my improvements!"
"Over the five years I’ve been on and off this medication, it’s been effective. I was diagnosed with bipolar 1 when I was 16 years old. Trileptal makes me feel calm, I have more control over the way I react to things. I CAN STOP AND THINK, guys I didn’t even know what stopping and thinking before I acted meant! I’m taking trileptal 450mg once at bed time. It was making me tired so I spoke with my doctor and we decided taking it only at bed time was best for me. I think the only issue I’m having now is that if I don’t take it between 6-8pm I wake up still tired because the sleepy side effects haven’t gone away. I just need better time management. The road to finding how this medication worked for me was bumpy. But being honest about how I feel and what I wanted, helped my doctor find a solution. If you’re looking for a good antidepressant to mix with this medication, latuda worked for me. Life gets better my dudes, just work on yourself, and stay on your medication."
"Look, this oxcarbazepine medication will definitely make your mood stable. Do not freak out at the starting side effects of dizziness and problems with coordination. After a while your body will acclimate to the drug. Give it more than 6 weeks for your body side effects to settle and get used to it. I consider myself a bright person - it WILL slow down your thought processing. It will make you feel dull and it WILL come with emotional flatness. I have always acted on impulse and I like not feeling as emotional. The slowness sucks... but it definitely out weighs the horrible mood swings I'd have in ONE day. In the morning, I'd be depressed and hate life and by afternoon, overly manic (which is euphoric) and loving life. I cannot bring this mentality into the work place and relationships... Try it. You might like it."
Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) "I am diagnosed with Bipolar, still unsure if my type is 1 or 2 because I experienced good several bout of signification impairment of function depressions and frequent severe hypomanics or mild manics. Mixed episodes are my main presentation of bipolar disorder. I tried Lamotrigine and many antidepressants, all they did was fueled my mild delusional manics and another times was mixed. I was on carbamazepine and lithium, it was good but I developed allergic reaction to carbamazepine and fueled a month and half long of constant hypomania mood and doctor put me on Trileptal. For the first time I am able to feel content without any explanation. It is a great medicine, you don't feel side effect and being content, that's a dream to me."
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"I was diagnosed w/ bipolar 1 at age 25. My main problems are rapid cycling and manic episodes. Though I feel I have received good medical treatment these past ten years (though not the first 15), when I had to stop taking lithium due to kidney problems, I began to lose hope that I would ever feel well (even for brief periods of time) again. I am now taking trileptal as a monotherapy, and I feel the best I ever remember feeling. My mind is finally quiet. I am happy when I wake up in the morning. I sleep soundly. You are in this for the long haul whether you like it or not, guys. Find a GOOD doctor and try this. It may take a little time to get the dosage and timing correct, but it is worth the effort. (No weight gain, either.)"
"I tried every anti-psychotic, every re-uptake inhibitor known to man. In 2010 I had a doctor work with me and prescribed Oxcarbazepine. I feel like my old self again. For over 4 years I was able to maintain employment, interact with my children in a healthier way. It has changed my life."
"Was misdiagnosed for a very long time with major depression that included thoughts of suicide and after medications after medications I finally was reevaluated by a psychiatrist who properly diagnosed me with Bipolar Disorder and since have been taking Trileptal. Since starting the medication I have improved drastically and feel much more active and confident in myself and the environment in which I am in. Before I was always nervous and anxious and assumed people were against me but now I have allowed people in. I'm getting some emotion back including love. I have been married for years and for the first time in a while I am beginning to feel the happiness the illness had deprived me of. I hope to continue this medication. I'm happy"
Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) "Trileptal changed my life. After anti-psychotics not being a good add on to my Lithium and Lamitcal because of heavy non-functional side effects/not tolerated. I searched so long and hard for something that might be able to help stabilize my mood (mostly mania). I have been taking Tripetal at a low dose of 600mg per day for 3 weeks, in addition to my current medication, and just in the first week my mood evened out, I felt normal or whatever normal probably feels like. I am now able to go into therapy and tackle some of my addiction/impulsive behavior that I did not have the capacity to do before when I was not in my right mind. I am so grateful for this medicine for my Bipolar disorder."
Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) "I have just begun Trileptal as a treatment for Bipolar I. I was previously on Seroquel 150 and was unable to function at all within 45 minutes of taking it. I experience rapid cycling and more manic episodes than depressive ones and so the Seroquel helped me sleep. However, I noticed weight gain almost immediately and immense hunger-almost ravenous. When it would wear off I was extremely hostile and agitated. The side effects seemed to outweigh the benefits. So far Trileptal has left me with no side effects except for a slight headache and I have smoothly transitioned out of my manic episode. I feel like I may need a sleep aid however- still experiencing a bit of insomnia. I can only hope the success continues!"
"I finally am able to live without so much fear and anger. I've been struggling a long time with finding the right meds. And I'm not fond of waiting 4-6 weeks for a therapeutic level. Not with this med. It works fast and it really calms me down..ALOT. Never thought I could be so passive. The only thing is my doctor started me with 300 mg a day...was not working for me..so I did my own research..and that was a little low for an adult..so I started taking 600 mg a day..perfect..perfect. I had my doctor change my mg. My goodness..a miracle drug..I am a different person on this med..no manic episodes.I even talk different..not loud and all over the place..my mind doesn't race. Thanks Trileptal!"
"I have bipolar 1, extremely dangerous highs and extreme lows. I also struggled with anxiety. I was always so anxious that it felt like bricks were crushing my chest all the time. I was in and out of Dr's offices trying to get help. It wasn't until age 32, when I was hospitalized in a psych ward, suicide attempt because I was done suffering and done with life. I had a psychiatrist try trileptal. I've tried numerous anti depressants and mood stabilizers and I didn't think this would work. Literally days later, I woke up without the chest crush feeling. I didn't even know normal people felt that way. Then I noticed my moods stabilizing. Been calm and mellow ever since. This saved my life. No noticeable side effects for me."
Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) "After years of trying to treat depression I have finally found the perfect combination 600mg of Trileptal and 200mg of Wellbutrin, twice a day. My Doctor told me when you're on the right thing you will feel like you aren't on anything. That's the perfect way to describe how I feel. I have NORMAL mood swings, instead of wanting to rip someone's head off at the drop of a dime, or being completely numb. I am diagnosed as Bipolar II. This medicine has changed my life and I hope if Trileptal isn't the answer for your treatment you will keep trying until you find the right thing. It is possible, and there is light on the other side."
"Would be helpful if reviewers included dose; I'm at 600mg (300 twice a day) and this has worked 'like magic' to slow me down. I used to feel nearly constantly anxious, irritable and visual and auditory input would overwhelmed me. Certain people's voices felt like my ears were being poked; eye contact was overwhelming, like I was receiving too much input. Certain smells were like an 'instant headache'. Trileptal regulated my sleep cycle first, which was always a huge issue - now it's 10:00 PM to 5:30 AM almost the same every night with none of the previous wake-ups and morning exhaustion. I am one of the ones who has the 'low sodium' side effect but what a great side effect - I get to eat more salt. And my blood pressure is lower."
"This drug has changed my life. I was misdiagnosed for years and told I have depression only . Was on Zoloft and thought that was how I was supposed to feel . Mood swing almost everyday for 10 plus years . A rocky marriage and a sub-standard father. I turned to alcohol because it was the only thing that made me feel good. Once I was officially diagnosed as bi-polar after a complete meltdown and hospital stay, I can honestly say I feel 100 percent better and no longer abuse alcohol . It calms my moods and allows me to have a healthy relationship with my family . Currently taking 300 mg twice a day and also in Lamictal 100 mg twice a day . I feel amazing"
"I have been dealing with severe major depressive disorder, PTSD and ADHD for years. I attempted suicide recently and I had accepted I would never feel “normal” again. Depressive ruminating suicidal ideation has become my norm and I was non functioning. I have been on a dozen SSRI’s and have been on anti-psychotics in low doses along with 30 XR adderal plus 225mg of Effexor which had taken the edge off but was still experiencing break thru depression. A new doc encouraged me to go on Oxcarbazepine (Trileptal) and although skeptical I had nothing to lose. I started out on 150mg and slowly titrated over 2 weeks to 450mg (150mg, 3 x’s a day) and it has changed my life! I feel completely normal for the 1st time ever! I have zero fleeting or ruminating thoughts of suicide and feel joy every day. I am able to fully function and sleep well other than some weird dreams. I can deal with that. So grateful."
"I started taking this medicine about 4 years ago for bipolar. This medicine was exactly what I needed. I still felt my emotions but had control of them. I might get upset at something but didn't go full tilt "hulk mad." I always explain it to the doc like this: it brings my highs down and my lows up. The only downside is I don't ever experience the emotion of "happy." I have forgotten what it is like to have a good time so I mimic what I see other people doing in social settings to appear normal. An interesting side effect I noticed is that when I am depressed I don't feel depressed. I can tell by all of the normal symptoms. I just don't feel it."
"Love oxcarbazepine, I have bipolar 2, and I've tried a variety of different meds, and this is the only thing that has me feeling any kind of normal. Some meds make it worse, some reduce symptoms but also make me flat and not me anymore. Cannot say enough good things about this - it's amazing. If you're looking for the right med for you, and you haven't done the gene interaction test, please ask your doc! Blood test that can tell which meds are most likely to work for you, which ones will be meh and which ones are bad news (and why!). All this brain chemistry stuff is different for everyone. There are drugs that people swear by have pushed me off the deep end (looking at you, zoloft...), but stuff that works for me messes other people up. Get the test!"
"I was recently started on trileptal for bipolar disorder. I have never had such a quick and positive response to any medication with years of medication trials, including other anticonvulsants. I have virtually no side effects. The only thing that feels uncomfortable for me is how quiet my mind has become. I'm accustomed to numerous streams of thoughts and ideas, which was great for my creative work. I also have PTSD, and this medication also works wonders for most of those symptoms as well. I don't have the same emotional reactivity and associated physical reaction. I don't have intrusive thoughts. I like that there are not as many risks with this medication as there are with others. The main one to watch out for is low sodium, but it's not hard on the liver and doesn't cause weight gain. I feel like I've been given my life back. I can't believe, with every medication I've tried over the years, that I'd never been tried on trileptal. It's been amazing."
"I was diagnosed bipolar in my early twenties. I have been on numerous medications for bipolar but none of them quite did it for me. I quit treating my mental illness with medication out of frustration and anger. My life took a detour through the darkest shades of life I’ve ever seen. Now in my mid forties I’ve come to terms that I can’t leave my bipolar in limbo. So I sought help and my doctor put me on Triliptal and I truly feel like life’s finally going to be filled with joy and sunshine again. Best wishes..."
"I switched to 300 mg oxcarbazepine twice daily from 15 mg Abilify daily to treat my Bipolar disorder after experiencing an uncontrollable appetite, astronomical weight gain, and constant fatigue. Since beginning this medicine I have seen a drastic improvement in my daily emotional state, mood, and level of energy. I love it and have never had better results from any other medication. The one side effect I can say I've experienced is a lightheadedness a couple times after standing up too quickly but since increasing my sodium intake and drinking more water, it hasn't happened again. Outside of that, I have nothing negative to say about this medication. It has been a definite life-saver for me."
Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) "I've been on Depakote, Lithium and now Trileptal. Trileptal has given me absolutely no side effects, no weight gain and it controls my mood. I was bumping into walls, throwing up, feeling like I was high and eating everything in sight on Depakote. I gained so much weight. On Lithium, I did well, but couldn't deal with the gastrointestinal issues, as well as urinating every other hour, and being thirsty all the time. Nothing quenched my thirst. This medicine is like taking a vitamin and it has stabilized my moods for almost 5 years now."
"I have been on Trileptal for about 5 years know and I feel a lot better then I did before I was on like 3 or 4 other medications before hand and I kept telling my doctor they werent working so finally I switched to a different Dr who actually listened and he put me on the Trileptal I don't have any episode or any thing since being on this medication I take 600 MG 2 daily and let me tell you I feel so great and wonderful I would recommend this medicine to anone to take"
"This medicine is WONDERFUL. I can't believe how amazing I feel. I look back at how I was living my life and I can't believe I haven't got on this before. I want to get out of bed now and my mood has changed a lot! First time out on meds and it works!"
"This medicine is a godsend. I was previously taking Depakote & Seroquel & got so sick & tired of my previous dr not listening to my concern of feeling like a zombie all day & trying to nod off during the day. Once I changed dr's, my current dr heard my concerns & introduced me to Trileptal. By far this is the BEST I've been doing since my correct diagnosis in 2009! I couldn't be happier w/my current progress, both not feeling like a zombie, but now also being able to thoroughly enjoy life with my first child I had in Oct 2015. I feel both the most leveled out I've felt in quite some time, but also without the awful effect of feeling 'drugged up' per say & actually feel regular human emotion, haha. I'd totally recommend this script!"
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Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) "I was on Topamax and my Dr. added 300 mg Trileptal twice a day to deal with anxiety issues caused by Topamax. I have experienced no weight gain and few side effects. There was an initial feeling of "contentment" whenever I took it, but this wore off after a couple weeks. Since adding Trileptal to the repertoire I've experience no manic symptoms but blessed, normal emotions. It's like the anxiety was cut away and a real human being was exposed underneath. The emotions are loud and clear but they aren't overpowering. No cycling. I'd say this was a real plus."