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(kar ba MAZ e peen)

Brand Names: US

  • Carbatrol
  • Epitol
  • Equetro
  • TEGretol
  • TEGretol-XR

Therapeutic Category

  • Antiseizure Agent, Miscellaneous

Medication Safety Issues

Sound-alike/look-alike issues:

CarBAMazepine may be confused with OXcarbazepine

Epitol may be confused with Epinal

Tegretol, Tegretol-XR may be confused with Toprol-XL, Toradol, Trental

High alert medication:

The Institute for Safe Medication Practices (ISMP) includes this medication among its list of drugs that have a heightened risk of causing significant patient harm when used in error.

Older Adult: High-Risk Medication:

Beers Criteria: Carbamazepine is identified in the Beers Criteria as a potentially inappropriate medication to be used with caution in patients 65 years and older due to the potential to cause or exacerbate syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH) or hyponatremia; monitor sodium concentration closely when initiating or adjusting the dose in older adults (Beers Criteria [AGS 2019]).

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