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Oxcarb containing Oxcarbazepine is an anticonvulsant or an anti-epileptic drug. It is available under different trade names in different nations, one of which is Oxcarb (made by Cipla, India). Oxcarbazepine, the active ingredient of the medicine is an anti-convulsant drug, which reduces nerve impulses that induce seizures. Oxcarbazepine is prescribed primarily for the treatment of partial seizures in both adults and children who are at least 2 years and above. There is wide array of antiepileptic drugs are available in the market in order to treat the condition and this is one of the most recommended drugs given in epilepsy. Oxcarbazepine blocks the voltage dependent sodium and calcium channels and increases the concentration of neurotransmitters. It reduces the neurons hyperactivity and restores the normal balance in brain. It decreases the pain induced by neurons. It is a second line treatment for bipolar and manic disorder.
Do not take the drug if you are allergic to this active ingredient Oxcarbazepine or any other ingredient of the drug, pregnant or planning to be pregnant, are breastfeeding as the drug may pass into the breast milk. Tell your doctor if you have high blood pressure, past episodes of depression or suicidal thoughts, a history of epilepsy, the condition of vertigo or very fast heartbeat, a diabetes history, an allergy to other anticonvulsant drugs. Do not get overheated or dehydrated during exercise or in hot weather while taking Oxcarbazepine. Remember to take sufficient fluids but not excessive. Alcohol consumption is not recommended with this medication. Oxcarbazepine may impact your thinking capability and reflexes which can make activities like driving difficult and intimidating. Be extra careful while indulging in such activities or keep them to minimum and do it when absolutely necessary while taking this medication.
Oxcarb is known to cause these common side effects: headache, dizziness, sleepiness, nausea or upset stomach. It is very rare that this medication has caused a severe skin rash. If you do get a serious skin rash, contact your doctor right away. Oxcarbazepine has the potential to lower blood sodium levels which can result in double vision, problems in speech, concentration, coordination, and walking. Oxcarbazepine causes suicidal thoughts and therefore it is recommended that people who take this medication be monitored closely for signs of mood and behavior changes. The side effects mentioned above are not the only ones to occur due to Oxcarbazepine usage. You should contact your doctor right away if you experience any serious side effects or if your condition worsens after taking Oxcarbazepine.
Take Oxcarbazepine strictly according to your doctor's direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Do not alter the dosage unless your doctor advises you to do so. Take the anti-convulsant medication strictly according to your doctor's direction or according to the instructions on the medication label. Your doctor may occasionally change the dosage over several weeks or months to ensure proper treatment. Follow your doctor's directions properly. Also, do not take this medication after the prescribed period is over.