Carbamazepine is an anti-seizure medication that can also be used to treat pain related to the nervous system's sensory ability. It works by blocking sodium channels It is commonly used to treat epilepsy, but is ineffective against other types of seizures. It is also used in the treatment of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.
It's most common side effects are nausea and drowsiness. Less often, it causes rashes, bone marrow dysfunction, suicidal thoughts and confusion. It is also contraindicated during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It should also be avoided in patients with kidney or liver problems.However, recent developments in providing a time released formulation of the drug appear to have reduced many of these problems.
Care should also be used when using it with other medications. In addition to some dangerous medicine interactions, it can also increase the elimination rate of other drugs, making them ineffective.