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Taking carbox for epilepsy. What is the difference between carbox and tegretol?

hi .. my cousin has epilepsy, she is taking OXCARBAMAZEPHINE OR CARBOX.... may i just know the difference between that drug with CARBAMAZEPHINE OR TEGRETOL? which is better for my cousin to take..? she is 35 yrs old...her doctor told her that, that drug is already her lifetime medication..... thank u for the reply... im glad that there is a way where we can ask questions directly to doctors through online...this is very useful to us.Hope you will continue your mission in helping more people.. More power.
Asked On : Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Dec 2014
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Oxcarbamazepine is a derivative of Carbamazepine. It is a newer drug and it has very less side effects of reduction of blood counts, idiosyncratic reaction, problem of rash as compared to Carbamazepine.
Tagretol and Carbamazepine are same only. Tagretol is brand name for carbamazepine.
Both oxcarbamazepine and carbamazepine are good anti epileptic drugs. They are main drugs in grandmal epilepsy. Usually if a person remain seizure free for at least 3 years on drug therapy doctors advocate to discontinue drug under supervision. So for details of her therapy kindly consult her Doctor.

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