What is Trileptal used for?
Trileptal is a medicine to treat
partial seizures in adults. It is taken alone or with other seizure medicines. Taken with
other seizure medicines, Trileptal is also used to help treat partial seizures in children
4-16 years old.
Special Warning(s) with Trileptal:
Trileptal can cause low levels of sodium in the blood. Signs of low levels of
blood sodium include nausea, extreme drowsiness and discomfort, headache, confusion, or
dullness, which can be dangerous. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any
other medications that may lower the level of sodium in your blood. Medications that lower
carbamazepine (Tegretol Information)
chlorpropamide (Diabinese Information)
diuretics (water pills)
Trileptal can cause allergic reactions. If you have had an allergic reaction to
other anti-seizure medicines, especially carbamazepine (Tegretol Information), tell your health care
Talk to your health care provider before stopping Trileptal or any other seizure
medicine. Stopping a seizure medicine all at once can cause status epilepticus, a serious
General Precautions with Trileptal:
Some people taking Trileptal can get serious reactions, including:
- Depression or abnormal thinking
- Difficulty concentrating
- Speech or language problems
- Difficulty with coordination and walking
Trileptal can cause drowsiness. Do not drive a car or operate complex machinery
until you know how Trileptal affects you.
Do not drink alcohol while you are taking Trileptal. Alcohol can increase the
side effects of Trileptal.
What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?
Because certain other medications can interact with Trileptal, review all
medications that you are taking with your health care provider, including those that you
take without a prescription. Trileptal may reduce the effectiveness of:
- some medications used to lower blood pressure (e.g., calcium channel blockers)
- birth control pills
- other anti-seizure medications
Trileptal may cause birth defects. Tell your doctor or health care provider
right away if you are pregnant, or plan to become pregnant. Before taking Trileptal, tell
your doctor if you are nursing or planning to nurse your baby.
What are some possible side effects of Trileptal? (This is NOT
a complete list of side effects reported with Trileptal. Your health care provider can
discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)
Common side effects include:
- Dizziness or vertigo
- Double vision or other vision problems
- Feeling tired
- Coordination problems
- Stomach pain
- Upset stomach
For more detailed information about Trileptal, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.