Oxtellar XR is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2000 for the treatment of partial seizures in people age two years and old. Oxtellar XR may be prescribed as a stand-alone drug (monotherapy) or as an adjunctive medication along with other antiepileptic drugs. Oxtellar XR is also known by its drug name, Oxcarbazepine, and sold under the brand name Trileptal.
Oxtellar XR should not be used in people with a history of hypersensitivity to Oxcarbazepine. Oxtellar XR should be used with caution in people with a history of kidney problems or hypersensitivity to Carbamazepine. Oxtellar XR may not be suitable for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Oxtellar XR is an anticonvulsant, or drug that prevents seizures. Oxtellar XR is derived from Carbamazepine and is metabolized into Eslicarbazepine in the body. It is believed that Oxtellar XR works in cases of epilepsy by inhibiting nerve signals.
How do I take it?
Your doctor may order a genetic test to gauge your risk for allergic reactions to Oxtellar XR before prescribing it.
Oxtellar XR is taken orally as a tablet once a day on an empty stomach. Extended-release tablets should always be swallowed whole without crushing or chewing. Try to take Oxtellar XR at the same time each day. Your doctor will likely start you on a low dose of Oxtellar XR and gradually increase the dosage.
Avoid driving or operating machinery until you are certain you understand how Oxtellar XR affects you.
Oxtellar XR may reduce the effectiveness of some forms of birth control, including oral contraceptives and implants. You may need to adopt another form of birth control while using Oxtellar XR.
Drinking alcohol while taking Oxtellar XR can intensify some side effects.
Do not stop taking Oxtellar XR suddenly. If you decide to stop taking Oxtellar XR, consult your physician for a plan to taper off gradually.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions exactly when taking Oxtellar XR.
Oxcarbazepine (Oxtellar XR) has been studied in many clinical trials both as an add-on drug and a monotherapy for partial seizures. Based on the results of the studies, researchers have concluded that Oxcarbazepine is effective at reducing the number of seizures
Common side effects of Oxtellar XR include sleepiness, dizziness, nausea, feeling unsteady on your feet, headache, and blurry vision. Some of these side effects may fade as your body acclimates to Oxtellar XR.
Call your doctor if you experience a rash, confusion, sluggishness, vomiting, or worsening seizures while taking Oxtellar XR.
Rarely, some people experience neurological symptoms including depression or suicidal thoughts while taking Oxtellar XR. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects.
Oxtellar XR can also cause severe rashes and serious allergic reactions. The risk for allergic reactions is highest among people with Asian ancestry. If you are taking Oxtellar XR, get medical help immediately if you experience a rash, difficulty breathing or swelling of the face, throat, eyes, lips, or tongue.