|Chemical name: Oxcarbazepine
Brand name: Trileptal
Typical dosage: 300mg
Typical type: Tablet
Trileptal is a medication used to treat seizures. Trileptal is available as a brand name or as a generic and comes as an oral tablet or an oral liquid.
Trileptal is a medication that contains the active ingredient Oxcarbazepine. It is used to treat focal, or partial, onset seizures associated with epilepsy.
Trileptal works in the brain to stabilize nerves and decrease excitation to help prevent seizures. It is typically taken twice daily.
Common side effects include headache, drowsiness, upset stomach, loss of appetite, belly pain, dizziness, shakiness, nervousness, insomnia, changes in taste, diarrhea, constipation and signs of a common cold.
Although some Medicare Advantage plans and Medicare Part D plans may not cover Trileptal, some plans may cover the generic version, Oxcarbazepine.
Drug coverage may vary based on plan availability. You may be able to find Medicare Advantage plan options in your area that cover Oxcarbazepine.
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Avoid driving and doing other things that require your full attention until you know how Trileptal affects you.
Trileptal can sometimes increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or action in people who take it. You may experience depression, restlessness, panic attacks or other negative mood changes. Talk to your doctor if you experience any of these symptoms.
Let your doctor know if you experience any skin problems such as red, swollen, blistered or peeling skin, as Trileptal can lead to a serious skin condition called Stevens-Johnson Syndrome.
Also talk to your doctor if you experience swelling of the hands, face, lips, eyes, tongue or throat. This can indicate a serious swelling condition caused by Trileptal.
This article is for informational purposes only. It is not healthcare advice, treatment, or diagnosis. It is not an endorsement of or recommendation for this medication. Speak to your doctor or healthcare provider about your specific healthcare needs, including your prescription medications. Only take medication as directed by your doctor.
Coverage and costs of prescription medications will vary by Medicare plan. Not all plans are available in all areas.
Written by Hayden Gharibyar, Pharm.D.