Dosage Schedule for CARBAMAZEPINE ( tegretol)- for trigeminal neuralgia

 

Daily dosage

Day

Morning

Lunchtime

Afternoon

Nightime

200mg

1-3

100mg

 

 

100mg

300mg

4-6

100mg

100mg

 

100mg

400mg

7-9

100mg

100mg

100mg

100mg

500 mg

10-12

200mg

100mg

100mg

100mg

600mg

13-15

200mg

100mg

100mg

200mg

700mg

16-18

200mg

200mg

100mg

200mg

800 mg

19-21

200mg

200mg

200mg

200mg

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • You do not need to go up the full scale and you can do the changes more slowly.
  • The amount of drug you need is related to your body weight and age so you may
    start at a different point in the scale.
  • Stop at the point at which you get good control of pain and few side effects.
  • You should take it 30-60 minutes before eating or engaging in an activity that will
    involve touching your face so that you have improved pain control.
  • After three to four weeks you may need a further adjustment as your liver gets
    used to handling the drug.
  • When stopping the drug you need to go down in the same way

 

Carbamazepine retard

 

You may also be given a retard form of this drug which is a special form which releases the drug more slowly than the usual form. This is especially good to use at night as it ensures that you have a good level of drug in your blood throughout the night. Sometimes it is also prescribed for use during the day to cut down on the number of times you need to take your drugs especially if your pain has stabilised.

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