Trileptal is Oxcarbezepine a good mood stabilizer.I am on Carbamazepine which is also very similar and effective for bipolar disorder.if your Pdoc has started it,then it is a good descision as on Trileptal you need not undergo regular blood tests initially or later to check your white cell count.You will have to take this for a long time if you respond well to this medication which is generally well tolerated.
I have been on Trileptal for about 4 years now. I began it because I had trouble with sleepiness and general fatigue on Tegretol, and the blood tests bothered me. At first Trileptal worked, but the effect lessened over time as I built up tolerance and we (doc and I) kept tweaking it until I was on 1800 mg a day and it still wasn't really working. I also have generalized anxiety disorder, so she added Xanax into the mix. The Trileptal also began causing a lowering of my blood sodium levels (hyponatremia), a rare side effect for the medication, but I used salt pills to offset this and had to- guess what?- go for regular blood tests. And then depression and anxiety worsened over time. I also began to have these weird twitches and movements I couldn't control, one so badly I ended up in an emergency room with a neurologist questioning if the Trileptal was causing the problem.
After getting a new psych doctor and a therapist, we all decided to work together to get me off of Trileptal, as the pdoc felt it had not really helped me, and the therapist helped me deal with the depression and anxiety as well. Pdoc also was worried about the hyponatremia and "twitches". (These are really weird side effects most people don't get, but I guess I am very sensitive. He also was worried about some cognitive effects the hyponatremia caused, leaving me groggy and unable to concentrate in the mornings especially. )
All in all, I would not call it a totally effective drug for me. Its side effects are uncommon, and less severe than others (like Depakote, Lithium or Zyprexa), but it isn't a really strong drug-- it seemed to take a lot to make it work even a little. So now we are switching me to Lamictal, which, so far, I like a lot more.
Talk to your doc more about it and read more about the drug to decide if it is right for you. Like I said, the hyponatremia was the big problem for me, and may not be for you. Also, you may read lots of stories on the internets about drug interactions for bipolar people- unfortunately it seems the case that many drugs must be tried to find the right one. A good doctor can be a great help in navigating this situation, and I wish you the best.
I just found this post. Yes I take trileptal or also known as oxcarbazepine 300mg for about 3 months. 3 a day everyday. I know it's not long. The very first day I took the medicion I started laughing on it for no reason. I felt really happy and I didn't want to argue. I just wanted to sit around laughing and having a good ol time. And for several weeks same thing but sometimes I felt like I was dying to get out of the house and do something. Then in the third week nothing. I didn't feel happy at all. Arguements restarted. At first we weren't sure if having a giggle fit was a normal responce to the meds. But the doctor didn't seem concerened but if it was suposed to do that why ain't it now. And my mom thinks that the med is working right now since it's in my system but even if I'm not super happy I should at least be less sad then when off the meds and less angry. But I feel like I did before I was on the meds. Then my doc told me to take 3 pills at once but I got sick on it and couldn't keep it down. So now I'm back to taking 1 pill 3 times a day instead of 3 at once like that one day which to me didn't make sence because weather I take all 3 at the same time or I take 3 spread out through the day I'm still getting the same amout of medicion. So anyway that is my experiance with trileptal.
You can't always blame the drugs. Oxcarbazepine has different effects and side effects in different people. I also use it and has no issues YET, except the grogginess and drowsiness in the first week. Hope we all do good. Peace
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