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Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
  • Liver disease, such as hepatitis, cirrhosis, or liver failure
  • Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Low blood sodium levels (hyponatremia)
  • Thoughts of suicide or of harming yourself
  • Depression or other mood problems
  • Anemia (low red blood cell counts) or other blood problems
  • Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Oxcarbazepine Extended-Release to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

Clinical Effects for Oxcarbazepine Extended-Release

In clinical studies, oxcarbazepine extended-release was shown to reduce the frequency of seizures in people with epilepsy whose seizures were inadequately controlled on one to three other anti-seizure medications.
In these studies, people given oxcarbazepine extended-release (in addition to their other seizure medicines) had a reduction in their seizure frequency from about 6 seizures every 28 days before starting oxcarbazepine extended-release to 3.7 to 4.3 seizures every 28 days after starting oxcarbazepine extended-release. In comparison, people given a placebo (a "sugar pill" with no active ingredients) went from having about 7 seizures every 28 days before starting the placebo to about 5 seizures every 28 days. 
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