Re: Increased Tegratol not sure what next?
It is strange that he hasn't had any bloodwork in so long. Usually, the doctors like to regularly check the blood levels of the medications, because there's a guidline to go by as far as the levels in the blood. For me, I had started on generic Dilantin, but my blood levels showed zero was being absorbed into my bloodstream even after a few dosage increases, so then I was started on Tegretol. I take 600 mg twice a day of Tegretol, and get my blood levels tested every six months now that I'm regulated. The doctors have to know this information of how much medication is actually in the bloodsteam because there is a toxicity level they have to stay below, and there are other long-term risks of having levels that are above the suggested high number. So it's seems kind of strange that the doctor is blindly talking about increasing your boyfriend's dosage without knowing what his levels are. Is he seeing a Neurologist, or just a regular MD?
As far as the drowsiness, when he gets on the right dosage, the drowsiness will probably subside in a short time. When I started on Tegretol, I was always very sleepy for about a month until my body adjusted to it.