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Epitrol Alcohol, generic name, Carbamazepine is also sold under the brand names Carbatrol, Depitol, Equetro, Tegetrol, Tegetrol XR and Atretolbelongs to a family of drugs known as anticonvulsants and function by decreasing nerve impulses that cause seizures and pain.
Do not use this drug and alcohol, not even moderate drinking, as it will increase the side effects and increase the chance of seizures.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
It is used to treat epileptic seizures and severe jaw or cheek nerve pain caused by either a facial nerve problem known as trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy. It is also used to treat bipolar disorder.
This drug should not be used if you are pregnant as birth defects in the baby could occur.
Do not consume grapefruit juice or grapefruit products as it will negate the effects.
Before starting the drug advise your physician if you are allergic to any known antidepressants, liver or kidney disease, porphria, heart disease or heart block, lupus, history of mental illness or glaucoma.
Less serious side effects are dizziness, drowsiness, unsteady, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain, confusion, headache, blurred vision, ringing in your ears, dry mouth, swollen tongue, joint or muscle pain or leg cramps. If these occur call your physician for advice.
Serious side effects are fever, sore throat, headache with blistering, peeling or red skin rash, pale skin, bruising, bleeding, unusual weakness, white patches or sores inside your mouth or on your lips, short of breath, swelling of ankles or feet, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite, jaundice or changes in urination.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.