Epitab XR 200mg tablets contain a medicine called carbamazepine. It is used to treat different conditions, especially seizures and epilepsy. It belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants or anti-epileptics.
- Epilepsy and Seizures: Epitab XR helps control and prevent seizures in people with epilepsy. It works for different types of seizures, like partial seizures, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and mixed seizures.
- Trigeminal Neuralgia: It can also help with intense facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia, which affects the trigeminal nerve.
- Bipolar Disorder: Epitab XR is sometimes used to stabilize mood in bipolar disorder. It helps control manic and depressive episodes.
- Nerve Pain: In some cases, carbamazepine can relieve nerve pain, especially in people with diabetic neuropathy or postherpetic neuralgia.
Like all medicines, Epitab XR 200mg tablets can cause side effects, although not everyone gets them. Some common side effects include:
- Nausea or vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Problems with coordination or balance
- Dry mouth
If you experience any severe side effects like a rash, fever, bleeding, yellowing of the skin or eyes, or changes in mood or thoughts of self-harm, seek medical help immediately.
When Not to Use:
Epitab XR 200mg tablets should not be used in certain situations:
- Allergy: If you are allergic to carbamazepine or any ingredients in the tablets, do not use Epitab XR.
- Previous Severe Reactions: If you had severe reactions to carbamazepine in the past, such as Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis, do not take Epitab XR.
- Bone Marrow Problems: If you have bone marrow suppression or a history of blood disorders, avoid using Epitab XR as it may make these conditions worse.
- Taking Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs): Do not take Epitab XR if you have taken MAOIs within the last 14 days, as it can cause dangerous reactions.
- Porphyria: If you have a history of porphyria, a rare genetic disorder affecting heme production, avoid using carbamazepine.
Always talk to your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new medication to make sure it is safe and suitable for you.