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Carbamazepine (Tegretol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations

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What is the Generic Name for Tegretol?

carbamazepine

What is the Trade Name for carbamazepine?

Tegretol

What are the Indications of Carbamazepine (Tegretol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

seizures, DM neuropathy, pain associated with trigeminal neuralgia

What are the Actions of Carbamazepine (Tegretol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

affects Na channels in neurons leading to decreased synaptic transmission

What is the Therapeutic Class of Carbamazepine (Tegretol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

Anticonvulsant

What is the Pharmacologic Class of Carbamazepine (Tegretol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

none

What are the Nursing Considerations of Carbamazepine (Tegretol) Nursing Pharmacology Considerations?

  • interferes with oral contraceptives
  • do not use with MAOIs
  • may cause suicidal thoughts
  • may cause Stevens-Johnson syndrome, agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia, thrombocytopenia
  • do not consume grapefruit juice while taking this medication
  • monitor CBC and platelet count
  • monitor serum blood levels of medication often

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