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Does Carbamazepine or Oxcarbazepine cause false negative pregnancy test results?

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Posted on Fri, 5 Sep 2014
Question: Hello,
Will the use of Carbamazepine or Oxcarbazepine cause a false negative pregnancy BLOOD test?
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Answered by Dr. S Patra (25 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
YES, YOU CAN GET FALSE NEGATIVE TEST.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for writing to us.

YES, Carbamazepine or Oxcarbazepine can interfere with urine pregnancy test and may give FALSE NEGATIVE result. Some research study and articles have mentioned that.

Therefore, you can't rely upon home pregnancy test if you are using that drug. I suggest you to undergo one blood test for beta-hCG or ultrasound scan (more better) to confirm the diagnosis.

Hope, it helps for your information. Kindly, close the discussion if you don't have any other query.

Wish your good health and take care yourself.

Regards,
Dr S Patra

For future query, you can directly approach me through

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Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. S Patra (8 minutes later)
Hello,

Can the use of Carbamazepine or Oxcarbazepine also affect the bloodtest? Is it possible that these drugs break down the amount of hcg in the blood?
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Answered by Dr. S Patra (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:
DETAILS ARE GIVEN BELOW.

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

Thanks for follow up query.

YES, Carbamazepine can affect blood test result (beta-hCG) to some extent if you are using that for longer period. It can reduce level in both urine and blood.

You should repeat the test after 1 week of stopping them. Otherwise, Trans Vaginal Ultrasound scan will be worthwhile.

Hope, I have answered your query. Kindly, close the discussion.

All the best and good luck.

Regards,
Dr S Patra
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Does Carbamazepine or Oxcarbazepine cause false negative pregnancy test results?

Brief Answer: YES, YOU CAN GET FALSE NEGATIVE TEST. Detailed Answer: Hello, Thanks for writing to us. YES, Carbamazepine or Oxcarbazepine can interfere with urine pregnancy test and may give FALSE NEGATIVE result. Some research study and articles have mentioned that. Therefore, you can't rely upon home pregnancy test if you are using that drug. I suggest you to undergo one blood test for beta-hCG or ultrasound scan (more better) to confirm the diagnosis. Hope, it helps for your information. Kindly, close the discussion if you don't have any other query. Wish your good health and take care yourself. Regards, Dr S Patra For future query, you can directly approach me through http://doctor.healthcaremagic.com/Funnel?page=askDoctorDirectly&docId=63326