Re: epilepsy and carbatrol
At times I am wondering if I will ever feel normal again. Over a month ago My previous doc dropped my Topamax by 50mg. It took a few weeks, but my eating went up, BRIEFLY!!! Now it is worse off that before the reduction, and my levels are reduced from previous blood work. Doesn't comprehend.
I'm on 1200/day of TegretolXR, a very close medication to what you are on. Even when they had me on 2200/day it didn't make me drowsy, but I had to space it properly or I'd become toxic due to the levels getting too high or dropping low (then spiking) if taken farther apart than I should have. That schedual was a nightmare (3x/day).
I'd say for me, Teg, what I've been on the longest, has worked great. The others they tried and took me off of were not the best. I'm currently on 3 meds. That has been the magic number for a long time in my case. Three medications to try and keep seizures at bay.
Good luck. You may have to try working with othe meds and see if adding on or trying others will help. It's never a quick solution process. Some side effects are up to the patient if they want to live with them or not. If the medication is keeping the seizures controlled, can you handle the side effects if a good question to ask yourself.