Well I've been taking my Tegretol since Monday and so far so good! I'm taking 200mg at night before going to bed.
The only side effects I've had so far is extreme drowsiness, a "foggy" feeling in my head when I get up in the morning, and some mental confusion. The horrible headaches I'd been having are totally gone altho there's still a bit of dizziness.
Anybody else take Tegretol? If so, what do you think of it? I'd love any feedback!
Hey, Nic! Congrats on the disappearance on the headaches. I suffered severe migraines for quite some time after seizing before the proper scripts. As for the Tegretol, my personal experience was not so great. My drowsiness never went away and after several months began a different string of meds. But, that was <ME>, hopefully your luck will be much better!
(What a pretty name!) I'm on Carbatrol (generic tegretol.) It agrees with me much better than Dilantin did. I am still foggy, but alot less than with Dilantin. I am not as tired either. I take 600 MGs. a day (200AM, 400PM.) Good luck with it. Kathy
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Thanks so much for the responses! I'm also hoping for good luck on this med.
I've also noticed this week that I can't eat any breakfast in the morning because of nausea. I'm ready to eat by lunch time and I was warned by my doc that this might happen. *sigh* Guess its nothing major but I sure do miss my Sugar Puffs in the AM. *lol*
Take care everybody!
P.S. Hey Kathy, thanks for saying that my name was pretty.
Hey, Nic. I did away with eating breakfast all together. Not because of the Tegretol. The combination of all my meds in the morning and food trying to metabolize..uh-uh... It was either, eat and wait 3 hours for meds (yeah, let me enjoy my morning seize) or DRINK my breakfast. I usually wait 'til lunch but, if my stomach is really grouchy I make a pit stop at a Smoothie place. Just try to avoid all those "energy boosting" smoothies...those have that Ephedra stuff that's not good for us. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/dizzy.gif (p.s. forgive the icon stuff...if I did it right...i'm figuring it out...) had to have some fun!
Hello! I am also on Tegretol - I have been for 1 year and 3 months. At first it made me VERY tired and groggy. I have adjusted to it fairly well. I was on Depakote about 5 years ago (I went a few yrs without meds), and I had gained about 15 lbs on that... Anyway, I am still a little tired, but I can deal with it! Try to get 8 or 9 hours of sleep @ night... that helps! Good luck!
I did something that maybe wasn't so cool but I couldn't help it! I skipped my Friday night dose of Tegretol!! The nausea had been quite bad and I wasn't eating at all. So I skipped Friday night's dose and went back to schedule on Saturday night.
Hope that wasn't like a horrible thing to do but like I said...couldn't help it!!!
Hey Nic, I don't really have any real advice, but I'm sorry to hear the Tegeatol makes your body feel this way. Give it some time and hopefully your body will adjust to it. The meds that I'm on (mine are for OCD) only make me tired, I can live with that. When I first started taking them they would also give me that nauseated feeling, especially when I would swallow my food. Took me about a month to get past that. Just give it time and stay on schedule with the meds, I don't know if Tegretol does this, but if I miss a day of mine, it puts me all out of wack, (of course you know I'm half way there anyway, lol). I hope I helped, at least a little.
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I love you dearly Kim, A/F.
Some of you know my husband and I are both school teachers. We get up at 5 a.m. on school days. Beth has her Felbatol and Neurontin with ice water...the ice cleans some of the pill residue off her teeth as she likes to chew all her pills before swallowing...yuk!
We get her fully dressed, shoes and all, then let her sleep or just rest until 6.
When she gets up I have to tell you it is the most heart-breaking thing for me to know that if I cannot get something in her stomach she goes until lunchtime at her sheltered workshop without anything but pills and water in her system.
More than the seizures at times, I worry about malnutritian. I want her to feel good enough to face the day.
My hat goes off to all of you struggling with the nausea and etc. from the pills. Like having morning sickness without being pregnant.
Take care and hope your seizures are few and far between.
I was put on depakote when I was first diagnosed with my seizure disorder and that medication made me very foggy. I was recently switched to tegretol XR and it made me much more alert. When they were switching me though they had me on regular Tegretol. That made me very nausous. Once they put me on Tegretol XR I was fine. Maybe you guys can speak to your Dr's about XR - extended Release. Maybe you wouldnt get so nausous.
Does anyone have any information on Tegretol and Pregnancy? I heard it was the best of all the medication but is this true. I am worried of possible birth defects.
Hi there, I have been on Tegratol for about 5yrs now. At first I had the drowsiness and felt abit nausous, but once my system became used to it I have been fine. Im on 600mg a day, take them when I get up, with breaky and then start my day. Hope this helps in someway, like I said I had the initial probs but not once I became used to it