It is used to treat sleep disorders. Anticonvulsants such as carbamazepine (Tegretol-Carbatrol, Epitol); gabapentin enacarbil (Horizant); pregabalin (Lyrica); and valproate (Depakene, Depakote, Depakon); gabapentin enacarbil (Horizant); gabapentin enacarbil (Horizant); gabapentin enacar (Neurontin).
These medications can cause dry mouth. Eating foods that are high in sugar or starch after taking these medications may make you feel sleepy all day long even when you're not eating anything at all. This is called "sugar crash". Taking this condition into account, it is important to limit your intake of sweets to some extent until you get used to the medications prescribed for your epilepsy.
Tegretol helps people who have trouble sleeping go to bed more easily and stay asleep throughout the night. It also works by reducing the frequency of epileptic seizures.
People who take Tegretol should not drive a car or operate machinery without first receiving permission from their doctor. Doing so could lead to an accident. If you must drive while taking this medication, use caution and don't drink any alcohol.
Taking Tegretol alone can cause side effects including drowsiness, confusion, irritability, muscle spasms, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, rash or itching.
Gabapentin (Neurontin) promotes slow-wave sleep and is a safe and effective insomnia medication. It is a medicine that is commonly administered in neurology and psychiatry. It is used in neurology to treat seizures, neuropathic pain, migraines, and restless legs syndrome. It is also used in psychiatry for the treatment of anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
It has been reported to cause drowsiness but should not be taken before driving or operating machinery. Like other anticonvulsants, it can cause fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, dry mouth, increased appetite, weight gain, or depression. Increasing your dose or using it for longer than recommended may make you feel more tired than relieved. If you experience any side effects that cause concern, discuss these issues with your doctor so they can be addressed effectively.
Neurontin (gabapentin) can help people who struggle with falling asleep or staying asleep. It is not approved for use as either a monotherapy (by itself) or as an adjunct (along with another drug) for patients with insomnia. However, it does appear to be effective when used with other medications for this purpose.
In addition, gabapentin has been shown to improve daytime function when used to treat epilepsy or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Carbamazepine is a brain-based mood stabilizer drug. It's licensed to treat bipolar illness (also known as manic depression), epilepsy, and trigeminal neuralgia. Bipolar disorder is characterized by bouts of depression and/or mania. Manic episodes are associated with excessive happiness or elation, poor judgment, and hyperactivity. In contrast, depressive episodes cause by sadness or loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities. Epilepsy is a chronic condition in which a person has repeated seizures. Trigeminal neuralgia is pain in the face caused by damage to the trigeminal nerve, which passes messages from the brain to other parts of the body. This problem usually occurs after a stroke or tumor removal surgery.
Tegretol is used to treat two types of seizures: partial seizures and generalized tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal seizures).
Partial seizures involve only one part of the brain. They are divided into three groups based on what part of the brain they affect. Temporal lobe seizures affect the temporal lobes, which are regions at the side of the brain behind the ear. These seizures can be difficult to control because you can have symptoms in one area but not another. For example, someone with a temporal lobe seizure might only lose consciousness for a moment but could still have problems with understanding speech right after it happens.