Carbamazepine is a second generation antiepileptic. It is mostly used to treat partial epileptic seizures without altered consciousness. The compound can also be prescribed for facial neuralgia.
How does carbamazepine work?
Like many of the antiepileptics the mechanism of action of carbamazepine has not been clearly established. Its chemical structure however is relatively similar to that of the tricyclic antidepressants.
Do they have contraindications or precautions?
Carbamazepine is generally well tolerated. It can however carry risks of dizziness, gastrointestinal, skin and visual problems (diplopia) or even fatigue.
- Merck Manual, Fourth edition
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