Generic name: eslicarbazepine 
The brand name is Aptiom
Drug class: Dibenzazepine anticonvulsants

What is Eslicarbazepine?


Eslicarbazepine is an anticonvulsant. It works by reducing nerve impulses that can cause seizures and pain.

Eslicarbazepine can be used by itself or in conjunction with other medicines to treat seizures with partial-onset in children and adults who are older than 4 years.

Eslicarbazepine can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.


Do not suddenly stop using Eslicarbazepine.

Get medical attention when you experience a serious drug reaction that affects the body in a variety of ways. Symptoms may include an itch on your skin or fever, swollen glands, flu-like signs, muscles aches, extreme weakening, unusual bruising, or discolouration of the eyes or skin. The reaction could occur a few weeks after the start of your treatment with Eslicarbazepine.

Contact your physician right immediately if you are experiencing indicators of low sodium levels within your body like vomiting, confusion, extreme muscle pain, weakness, or an increase in seizures.

There are people who think about suicide when taking seizure medication. Be aware of any changes to your mood or the symptoms. Inform your doctor if you notice any changes or worsening symptoms to your physician.

Before you start taking this medicine, make sure to consult your doctor

It is recommended not to take Eslicarbazepine If you have an allergy to oxcarbazepine and eslicarbazepine.

To ensure that Eslicarbazepine is suitable for you, inform your doctor if previously had:

There are people who think about suicide when using an anticonvulsant. Your doctor should examine your progress regularly at appointments while you take Eslicarbazepine. Family members or other caregivers must be aware of any changes to your mood, or signs.

Do not begin stopping or stopping Eslicarbazepine in pregnancy without consulting your doctor. Having a seizure during pregnancy could be harmful to both the baby and mother. Talk to your doctor when you discover you are pregnant while using Eslicarbazepine to treat seizures.

If you’re pregnant and you are a registered mother, your name could be added to the registry for pregnancy. This is done to monitor the progress of your pregnancy as well as to determine the negative effects that eslicarbazepine may have on the infant.

Eslicarbazepine could cause birth control pills to become less efficient. Discuss with your doctor the possibility of using birth control that is not hormonal (condom diaphragm or diaphragm containing Spermicide) to avoid pregnancy while taking Eslicarbazepine.

Eslicarbazepine is a drug that can be found in the breast milk of a baby and could harm babies who are nursing. Do not breastfeed during the course of taking this medication.

Eslicarbazepine is not a product that can be used for anyone who is younger than 18.

How do I take Eslicarbazepine?

Eslicarbazepine usually is prescribed every day. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Your doctor might modify your dose. Be sure to not take this medication in greater or lesser doses or for longer periods than prescribed.

Eslicarbazepine may be taken in combination with food or not. The Eslicarbazepine tablet can be taken whole or crushed.

Don’t stop taking Eslicarbazepine abruptly even if are feeling fine. A sudden stop can cause more seizures. Refill your prescription prior to the time your supply of medication is complete.

Eslicarbazepine may cause abnormal results in certain medical tests. Inform any physician who treats patients that you’re using Eslicarbazepine.

Place in a cool, dry place free of heat and moisture.

Dosing information

Usual Adult Dose of Eslicarbazepine for Epilepsy:

Monotherapy and Adjunctive Therapy:


Usual Adult Dose of Eslicarbazepine for Seizures:

Monotherapy and Adjunctive Therapy:

Usual Pediatric Dose of Eslicarbazepine for Epilepsy:

Monotherapy and Adjunctive Therapy:

Usual Pediatric Dose of Eslicarbazepine for Seizures:

Monotherapy and Adjunctive Therapy:

If I do not take the dose?

You should take the dose missed as soon as you can remember. Avoid your missed dosage if it’s nearing the time for the next dose. Do not take any additional medicine to make up for the missed dose.

If I consume too much?

Get medical attention immediately or contact toll-free the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What to avoid

Eslicarbazepine could affect your reactions or thinking. Avoid operating machinery or driving until you understand what Eslicarbazepine may affect you.

Eslicarbazepine side effects

Contact emergency medical assistance in the event that you exhibit symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction (hives or breathing difficulties or swelling of your throat or face) or a severe skin reaction (fever or burning or sore throats, irritation in your eyes, skin irritation and red or purple skin itching that can cause peeling and blisters).

Consult a doctor when you experience a severe drug reaction that affects various parts of your body. Symptoms may include the following: a skin rash, fever, swollen glands, flu-like symptoms muscles aches, extreme weakness, unusual bruising, or the appearance of yellowing on your eyes or skin. This reaction can occur several weeks after starting to use eslicarbazepine.

Eslicarbazepine may decrease the sodium levels within your body, causing alarmingly low levels. This could result in a potentially fatal electrolyte imbalance. Consult your doctor now if you are experiencing nausea, a lack of energy and confusion, or if you feel tired or angry, extreme muscle pain or weakness, or more frequent seizures.

Inform your doctor about any new or worsening symptoms to your physician and/or doctor, for example, the change in your mood or behaviour or changes in mood or anxiety, or if you are feeling angry, anxious, irritable, or overly active (mentally and physically) or are having thoughts about taking your own life or harming yourself.

Contact your doctor at the earliest opportunity if you are suffering from:

Common Eslicarbazepine side effects could be:

This is not a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could be present. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any symptoms to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Additional details

Keep this and other medications away from the reach of children. Do not give your medication to anyone else and make sure you make use of Eslicarbazepine only in the manner that is prescribed.

Always consult your physician to make sure the information presented on this site is appropriate to your particular situation.

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