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Carbamazepine Taro 100 mg/5 ml
Oral Suspension

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you take this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have further questions, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension
is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take
Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension
3. How to take Carbamazepine Taro Oral
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Carbamazepine Taro Oral
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Carbamazepine Taro Oral
Suspension is and what it is used for
Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension is a pale
orange suspension that contains
carbamazepine, the active ingredient.
Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension is an
anti-convulsant medicine (prevents fits).
Carbamazepine can also modify some types of
pain and can control mood disorders
Carbamazepine is used:
• To treat some forms of epilepsy
• To treat a painful condition of the face called
trigeminal neuralgia
• To help control serious manic depression
when another medicine (lithium) doesn't

2. What you need to know before you
take Carbamazepine Taro Oral
Do not take Carbamazepine Taro Oral
• if you are allergic to carbamazepine or any
of the other ingredients of this medicine
(listed in section 6)
• if you are allergic to similar drugs such as
oxcarbazepine, or to any of a related group of
drugs known as tricyclic antidepressants
(such as amitriptyline or desipramine)
• if you have any heart problems such as
conduction disorders
• if you have ever had problems with your
bone marrow
• if you have a disorder called porphyria (an
inherited enzyme disorder)
• if you are taking or have taken within the last
14 days, drugs called monoamine oxidase
inhibitors (used to treat depression).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Carbamaempine Taro Oral Suspension if:
• you suffer from the sort of epilepsy where
you get mixed seizures which include
• you have any mental illness
• you are allergic to phenytoin (another
epilepsy treatment)
• you have liver or kidney problems
• you are elderly
• you have eye problems such as glaucoma
(increased pressure in the eye)
You should talk to your doctor if you think any of
the above could apply to you.
A small number of people being treated with
anti-epileptics such as carbamazepine have had
thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If
at any time you have these thoughts,
immediately contact your doctor. Serious skin
rashes (Stevens- Johnson syndrome, toxic
epidermal necrolysis) have been reported with
the use of carbamazepine. Frequently, the rash
can involve ulcers of the mouth, throat, nose,
genitals and conjunctivitis (red and swollen
eyes). These serious skin rashes are often
preceded by influenza-like symptoms fever,
headache, body ache (flu-like symptoms). The
rash may progress to widespread blistering and
peeling of the skin. The highest risk for
occurrence of serious skin reactions is within the
first months of treatment.
These serious skin reactions can be more
common in people from some Asian countries.
The risk of these reactions in patients of Han
Chinese or Thai origin may be predicted by
testing a blood sample of these patients. Your
doctor should be able to advise if a blood test is
necessary before taking carbamazepine.
If you develop a rash or these skin symptoms,
stop taking carbamazepine and contact your
doctor immediately.
Avoid excessive exposure to sunlight as you
may be at increased risk of sunburn.
Other medicines and Carbamazepine Taro
Oral Suspension
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,
have recently taken or might use any other
Taking some medicines together can be harmful.
Remember that the doctor at the hospital may
not have been informed if you have recently
begun a course of treatment for another illness.
In particular tell your doctor if you are taking:

• other drugs for epilepsy and trigeminal
neuralgia, such as clobazam, clonazepam,
phenytoin, phenobarbitone, primidone,
tiagabine, lamotrigine, topiramate,
ethosuximide, valproic acid, felbamate or
• drugs to treat major psychiatric and related
disorders, such as alprazolam, viloxazine,
fluoxetine, desipramine fluvoxamine
• imipramine, lithium, clozapine, olanzapine,
risperidone, haloperidol or thioridazine
• painkillers containing methadone, tramadol or
• oral contraceptives. These may not work as
well and you may notice breakthrough
bleeding or spotting, and your doctor may
consider an alternative form of contraception
would be best for you
• Hormone Replacement Therapy such as
tibolone. Carbamazepine Taro Oral
Suspension can make HRT less effective
• drugs for the treatment of endometriosis such
as danazol or gestrinone
• drugs used to treat blood pressure or heart
problems, such as digoxin, felodipine,
nifedipine, nilvadipine, frusemide, warfarin,
verapamil or diltiazem
• drugs to treat gastro-intestinal problems such
as cimetidine or metoclopramide
• antibiotics and medicines to treat TB
(tuberculosis) such as doxycycline,
rifampicin, erythromycin, clarithromycin, or
• antifungal drugs such as itraconazole,
fluconazole, ketoconazole or voriconazole
• drugs which depress your immune system
such as corticosteroids or cyclosporin
• drugs to treat HIV such as indinavir,
saquinavir or ritonavir
• anti-cancer drugs such as toremifene,
cisplatin or doxorubicin
• drugs to treat allergies such as loratadine or
• theophylline to treat asthma
• acetazolamide to treat glaucoma
• isotretinoin to treat acne
• mefloquine to treat malaria
• thyroxine to treat hypothyroidism
• any vitamin B supplements
• St. John's wort (a herbal remedy)
Carbamazepine with food and drink and
Drinking alcohol may affect you more than
usual. Discuss with your doctor whether you
should stop drinking.
Eating grapefruit, or drinking grapefruit juice,
may increase your chance of having side effects.
You can take Carbamazepine during, after or
between meals.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast feeding, think you
may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby,
ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
A small amount of carbamazepine can get into
breast milk. If you think that the baby is suffering
side effects such as excessive sleepiness or skin
reactions tell your doctor straight away.
Driving and using machines
Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension can
make you feel dizzy or drowsy, especially at the
start of treatment or when the dose is changed.
If you are affected in this way, or if your eyesight
is affected, you should not drive or operate
Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension
contains sorbitol, potassium sorbate (E202)
and sunset yellow (E110)
This medicine contains:
• sorbitol. If you have been told by your doctor
that you have an intolerance to some sugars,
contact your doctor before taking this
• potassium sorbate (E202). Each 5 ml of
suspension contains less than 1 mmol
(39 mg) of potassium, i.e. essentially
"potassium free.
• sunset yellow (E110), which may cause
allergic reactions.

3. How to take Carbamazepine Taro
Oral Suspension
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor
has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is:
• Adults: The usual dose is 800-1,200 mg a
day, although higher doses may be

• Elderly: You might need a lower starting
• Children: the usual dose is as below in
several divided doses.
up to 1 year: 5 - 10 ml per day
1 - 5 years: 10 - 20 ml per day
5 - 10 years: 20 - 30 ml per day
10 - 15 years: 30 - 50 ml per day
Trigeminal neuralgia
The usual dose is 600-800 mg, (100 mg starting
dose for elderly) a day. Once the pain is
controlled your doctor will probably reduce the
Manic Depression
The usual dose is: 400-600 mg a day.
Method of administration
Your doctor will usually start Carbamazepine
Taro Oral Suspension at a low dose, which can
then be increased to suit you. Shake the bottle
before you measure out your dose. You are
usually told to take a dose two or three times a
day. Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension is
given orally, either before, during or between
If you take more Carbamazepine Taro Oral
Suspension than you should
If you accidentally take too much
Carbamazepine Oral Suspension, tell your
doctor or your nearest hospital casualty
If you forget to take Carbamazepine Taro
Oral Suspension
If you forget to take a dose, take one as soon as
you remember. Do not take a double dose to
make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop taking Carbamazepine Taro Oral
Do not stop taking your medicine suddenly, as
this may result in you having a seizure. Only stop
taking your medicine if your doctor tells you to do
If you have any further questions on the use of
this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4.Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Tell your doctor straight away if you get any
sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing,
swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, rash or
itching (especially affecting your whole body).
Serious side effects
If you develop any of the following side
effects, stop taking Carbamazepine Taro Oral
Suspension and contact your doctor
• fever, rash, sore throat, unusual/unexpected
bleeding or bruising, joint pains
• skin reactions with inflammation, blistering,
sloughing of the skin, and/or inflammation of
eyes, mouth or tongue. These may be severe
and be accompanied by feeling generally
• yellowing of skin and eyes, pale stools and
dark urine and/or upper abdominal pain or
swelling as these may indicate liver damage
Potentially life-threatening skin rashes
(Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal
necrolysis) have been reported
(see section 2).
Side effects can be listed according to how often
they occur:
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
Uncommon: may affect up to 1 in 100 people
Rare: may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people
Very rare: may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people
The following side effects have also been
Very common
• reduction in the number of white blood cells
• changes in liver enzyme levels (your doctor
can detect these with a blood test)
• dizziness
• tiredness
• feeling unsteady or finding it difficult to
control movements
• feeling sick
• vomiting
• skin reactions
• urticaria (hives) and fatigue
• changes in the number of white blood cells
and platelets
• low blood sodium (your doctor can detect
these with a blood test)
• fluid retention and swelling
• drowsiness (lethargy)
• weight increase
• headache
• double or blurred vision
• dry mouth
• vomiting
• mental confusion
• liver disorders
• abnormal movements such as tremor or tics
• abnormal eye movements
• diarrhoea

• constipation
• skin problems
• disease of the lymph glands
• folic acid deficiency (can be detected with a
blood test by your doctor)
• hallucinations
• depression
• loss of appetite
• restlessness
• aggression
• agitation
• speech disorders
• numbness or tingling in the hands and feet
• muscle weakness
• changes in heart beat
• stomach pain
• liver problems
• rashes
• partial immobility (partial paralysis)
Very rare
• changes in the blood including anaemia
• meningitis (inflammation of the brain lining)
• swelling of the breasts and discharge of milk
which may occur in both male and females
• abnormal thyroid function tests
• pain on walking and bow legs
• brittle bones
• increased blood fat levels
• taste disturbances
• red eyes
• glaucoma (increased pressure in the eyes)
• cataracts
• hearing disorders
• heart and circulatory problems including deep
vein thrombosis (DVT)
• lung or breathing problems
• sore mouth or tongue
• liver failure
• increased sensitivity of the skin to sunlight
• changes in skin colour
• acne
• sweating
• hair loss
• increased hair growth on the body and face
• muscle pain or spasm
• sexual problems including reduced male
• loss of sex drive or failure to get an erection
• kidney failure
• blood spots in the urine
• increased or decreased desire to pass urine
or difficulty in passing urine
• skin rashes (Stevens-Johnson syndrome,
toxic epidermal necrolysis)
There have been reports of bone disorders
including osteopenia and osteoporosis (thinning
of the bone) and fractures. Check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are on long-term
antiepileptic medication, have a history of
osteoporosis, or take steroids.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Carbamazepine Taro
Oral Suspension
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of
Store below 25°C. Keep the bottle tightly closed
between doses.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date
which is stated on the label. The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
Do not throw away any medicines via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help protect the

6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension
The active substance is carbamazepine. 5ml of
suspension contains 100 mg of carbamazepine.
The other ingredients are: poloxamer 188,
sucralose (E955), xanthan gum, potassium
sorbate, propylene glycol, citric acid
monohydrate, sunset yellow (E110), sorbitol,
flavour orange natural and artificial and purified
What Carbamazepine Taro Oral Suspension
looks like and content of the pack:
Amber bottles with a child resistant plastic cap.
Pack size: 300 ml and 500 ml.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Taro Pharmaceuticals (UK) Ltd, 4100 Park
Approach, Thorpe Park, Leeds, LS15 8GB,
United Kingdom.
Manufacturer: Mawdsleys Clinical Services,
Unit 22, Quest Park, Wheatley Hall Road,
Doncaster, DN2 4LT, United Kingdom.
This leaflet was last revised in 05/2015.
PL 15842/0032

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