Hello - I'd love some advice or people's experience of Carbamazepine (or Tegretol Retard as it's called here, slow release form of carbamazepine)??! I've been changed from Epilim (Sodium Valproate) to Carbamazepine - it's only my first week so I'm still on both. The only side effect I had from going on Epilim was weight gain, quite a lot to be honest. Has anyone had an issue with gaining or losing weight when on Carbamazepine? Also any other side effects? I would love to lose weight coming off Epilim but I'm not sure what happens - my appetite went up a lot when I went on Epilim and my metabolism seemed to slow down!
I had to come off the pill as the dr's said I would need to double the dose if I wanted to change to Carbemazepine, which to be honest I wasn't willing to do! So I'm a bit apprehensive as I'm coming off microgynon (the pill), which I've been on for years, whilst phasing Carbamazpine in and Epilim Chrono out! So side effects wise I probably won't know what is connected to what!
Any experience or advice would be greatly appreciated! :)
It's always hard changing medications, you never know what side effects you might get, whether it will control your epilepsy etc - I tried Keppra a couple of years ago & that did NOT agree with me, sent me to sleep straight away, then gave me massive mood swings/depression and suicidal thoughts when I had nothing to be upset or depressed about! I'm hoping I don't get anything like this with Carbamazepine! If anyone else is changing, hope it goes well! xx