Data provided by Applied Health
side effects, nutrient depletions, herbal interactions and health notes:
• Avoid alcohol1
• Take with food or milk to avoid stomach upset.2
• Grapefruit juice may interact with the drug, avoid taking together.3
• Long term use of anticonvulsants like carbamazepine may decrease biotin levels in the body.4
• Ginkgo seed may interact with anticonvulsants, because of its seizure potential.5
• Psyllium can interact with carbamazepine and should not be used together.6
References1 Facts and Comparisons, Clinisphere 2.0, Wolters Kluwer Company, 2000
2 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999.
3 Pronsky, Z Food Medication Interactions, 11th edition, 1999.
3 Garg SK, et al. "Effect of grapefruit juice on carbamazepine bioavaiolability in patients with epilepsy." Clin Pharmacol Ther, 1998; 64: 286-88.
4 Mock DM, Dyken ME. Biotin catabolism is accelerated in adults receiving long-term therapy with anticonvulsants. Neurology 1997;49:1444-47.
4 Mock DM, Mock NI, Nelson RP, Lombard KA. Disturbances in biotin metabolism in children undergoing long-term anticonvulsant therapy. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 1998;26:245-50.
5 Newall CA, Anderson LA, Phillipson JD. Herbal Medicines: A Guide for Health-care Professionals. London: The Pharmaceutical Press, 1996
6 Etman M. Effect of a bulk forming laxative on the bioavailablility of caramazepine in man. Drug Devel Indus Pharm, 1995; 21:1901-906
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