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Oxcarbazepine Disease Interactions

There are 7 disease interactions with oxcarbazepine:


Anticonvulsants (Includes Oxcarbazepine) ↔ Depression

Severe Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Depression

Antiepileptic drugs can increase depression and suicidal thoughts or behaviors in patients receiving these drugs for any indication. Patients should be monitored for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts and unusual changes in mood or behavior. Caregivers and family should be alert for the emergence or worsening of symptoms. Behaviors of concern should be reported immediately to the healthcare providers.


Anticonvulsants (Includes Oxcarbazepine) ↔ Liver Disease

Severe Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Liver Disease

Most anticonvulsants are primarily metabolized by the liver. Metabolic activity may be decreased in patients with liver disease, resulting in elevated drug levels and increased risk of toxicity. Therapy with anticonvulsants should be administered cautiously in patients with mild and moderate liver impairment. Therapy with these drugs is mostly not recommended in patients with severe liver impairment. Caution is also advised when treating patients with a history of liver disease, since the use of some anticonvulsants has been associated with hepatotoxicity. Baseline and periodic evaluation of liver function is recommended. Therapy should be discontinued and not readministered if evidence of liver damage is observed and felt to be drug-related.


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Anticonvulsants (Includes Oxcarbazepine) ↔ Renal Dysfunction

Severe Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Renal Dysfunction

Most anticonvulsants are primarily excreted by the kidney. The plasma clearance may be decreased and the half-life prolonged in patients with impaired renal function. Therapy with anticonvulsants should be administered cautiously in patients with significant renal dysfunction. In most cases it is recommended to adjust the dosage in patients with CrCl <50 mL/min to half the usual starting dose and then increase slowly to achieve the desired clinical response. The renal function should be monitored regularly in patients receiving therapy.


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Anticonvulsants (Includes Oxcarbazepine) ↔ Hyponatremia

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Hypothyroidism, Adrenal Insufficiency, Congestive Heart Failure, Hyponatremia, Renal Dysfunction, Fluid Retention, Cirrhosis, Polydipsia, SIADH

Some anticonvulsants can cause clinically significant hyponatremia (Na < 125 mmol/L). Therapy with these drugs should be administered cautiously in patients with conditions predisposing to hyponatremia, such as SIADH, use of diuretics or drugs associated with inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion, adrenal insufficiency, hypothyroidism, primary polydipsia, and edema (e.g., due to liver cirrhosis, congestive heart failure, or nephrotic syndrome). Serum sodium levels should be monitored during maintenance therapy, and patients should be monitored for signs and symptoms possibly indicating hyponatremia such as nausea, malaise, headache, lethargy, confusion, obtundation, and increase in seizure frequency or severity. If hyponatremia occurs, conservative measures such as fluid restriction, a reduction in dosage, or discontinuation of therapy will usually suffice.


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  7. Woster P, Carrazana EJ "Oxcarbazepine and hyponatremia." Am J Health Syst Pharm 59 (2002): 467
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Antiepileptics (Includes Oxcarbazepine) ↔ Suicidal Tendency

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Depression, Psychosis

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication. Pooled analyses of 199 placebo-controlled clinical studies involving the use of 11 different AEDs across multiple indications in either monotherapy or adjunctive therapy for a median treatment duration of 12 weeks (up to a maximum of 24 weeks) showed that patients receiving AEDs had approximately twice the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior compared to patients receiving placebo. The estimated rate of suicidal behavior or ideation among 27,863 AED-treated patients was 0.43%, compared to 0.24% for 16,029 placebo-treated patients, representing an increase of approximately one case for every 530 patients treated. There were four suicides in AED-treated patients and none in placebo-treated patients, although the number is too small to establish any causal relationship. The increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior was observed as early as one week after starting AEDs and persisted for the duration of treatment assessed. The risk did not vary substantially by age (5 to 100 years) in the clinical trials analyzed. Therapy with AEDs should be administered cautiously in patients with depression or other psychiatric disorders. The risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior should be carefully assessed against the risk of untreated illness, bearing in mind that epilepsy and many other conditions for which AEDs are prescribed are themselves associated with morbidity and mortality and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Patients, caregivers, and families should be alert to the emergence or worsening of signs and symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts or behavior. For clinically significant or persistent symptoms, a dosage reduction or treatment withdrawal should be considered. If patients have symptoms of suicidal ideation or behavior, treatment should be discontinued.


Oxcarbazepine (Includes Oxcarbazepine) ↔ Blood Dyscrasias

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Bone Marrow Depression/Low Blood Counts

Rare events of pancytopenia, leukopenia, and agranulocytosis have been reported in patients treated with oxcarbazepine during postmarketing observations. Discontinuation of the drug should be considered if any evidence of these hematologic events develop. Therapy with oxcarbazepine should be administered with caution in patients with preexisting blood dyscrasias and/or bone marrow depression. Complete blood counts, including platelets and possibly reticulocytes and serum iron, should be performed prior to initiating therapy and regularly during therapy.


Oxcarbazepine (Includes Oxcarbazepine) ↔ Thyroid Dysfunction

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Thyroid Disease

Decreased values for thyroid function tests, especially T4 have been observed with the administration of oxcarbazepine. This should be taken into account in patients with thyroid disorders.

oxcarbazepine drug Interactions

There are 937 drug interactions with oxcarbazepine

oxcarbazepine alcohol/food Interactions

There is 1 alcohol/food interaction with oxcarbazepine

Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.
Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.
Unknown No information available.

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