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When and How to Take Oxcarbazepine

Following are some general considerations for when and how to take this medication:
 
  • Oxcarbazepine comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth twice a day.
     
  • It can be taken with or without food. If the drug upsets your stomach, try taking it with food.
     
  • A liquid form (oxcarbazepine suspension) is available for those with difficulty swallowing tablets. Make sure to shake the medication thoroughly before each dose.
     
  • Oxcarbazepine should be taken at the same times each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.
     
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
     
  • Do not stop taking oxcarbazepine without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Trileptal Withdrawal).
     

Dosing Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Your age and weight
  • Other medications you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As with any medication, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Oxcarbazepine Dosing for more information.)
 

Drug Interactions

Oxcarbazepine can potentially interact with a few other medicines (see Drug Interactions With Oxcarbazepine).
  
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