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Oxcarbazepine

Trileptal is an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy. 

Full prescribing information is available at:

http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?id=7142 

Check out Wikipedia for more user-friendly information:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trileptal 

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Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist who has dedicated his career to making drug information understandable to consumers. His best-selling book, The People’s Pharmacy, was published in 1976 and led to a syndicated newspaper column, syndicated public radio show and web site. In 2006, Long Island University awarded him an honorary doctorate as “one of the country's leading drug experts for the consumer.” .
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Trileptal is also being used for bipolar disorder. I am on the generic (oxcarbazepine) for bipolar 2 (300 mg/2x day). That dose works great to stabilize me. Any higher than that and I get side effects that worsen over time — brain sluggishness, coordination problems that worsen to staggering, nausea, lightheadedness — and 7 pounds of water weight gain overnight. I notice if I miss one dose, I have a weird day and another water weight gain of 7 lbs that I hope will reverse in a day or two.

Trileptal has worked very well for my daughter. Her seizures have been under control as long as she has used the name brand at the proper dosage. She has had seizures on the GENERIC brand of Trileptal. The Epilepsy Foundation does not recommend the use of generics since the generic is not the EXACT same as the name brand. Please be advised as a parent and aunt of Epilepsy patients that Generics are not recommended at all.
I would switch to a Neurologist who specializes in seizures management who is fully knowledgeable on the meds that are and are not recommended.

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