CARBAMAZEPINE Side Effects by Likelihood and Severity

COMMON side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • double vision
  • blurred vision
  • nystagmus, a condition with involuntary eye movements
  • loss of muscle coordination

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • confusion
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • unsteady walking

INFREQUENT side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • a disorder with excess antidiuretic hormone called syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone
  • behavioral problems
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called toxic epidermal necrolysis
  • a skin disorder with blistering and peeling skin called Stevens-Johnson syndrome
  • a condition with symptoms that resemble lupus

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • constipation
  • itching
  • sensation of spinning or whirling

RARE side effects

If experienced, these tend to have a Severe expression i

  • meningitis not due to an infection
  • low amount of calcium in the blood
  • porphyria
  • hereditary liver metabolism disorder
  • a type of blood disorder with a decrease in all types of blood cells called pancytopenia
  • decreased function of bone marrow
  • low blood counts due to bone marrow failure
  • anemia
  • decreased blood platelets
  • very low levels of granulocytes, a type of white blood cell
  • low levels of white blood cells
  • increased eosinophils in the blood
  • high levels of white blood cells
  • suicidal behavior
  • suicidal thoughts
  • depression
  • neuroleptic malignant syndrome, a reaction characterized by fever, muscle rigidity and confusion
  • a painful condition that affects the nerves in the legs and arms called peripheral neuropathy
  • high blood pressure
  • atrioventricular block, a type of slow heart rhythm disorder
  • abnormal heart rhythm
  • chronic heart failure
  • obstruction of a blood vessel by a blood clot
  • thrombophlebitis, an inflamed vein due to a blood clot
  • low blood pressure
  • inflammation in the lungs due to an allergic reaction
  • liver failure
  • inflammation of the liver called hepatitis
  • a blockage of the bile duct that resulting in high bilirubin levels
  • blockage of normal bile flow
  • kidney inflammation
  • kidney failure
  • decreased kidney function
  • erythema multiforme, a type of allergic skin reaction
  • skin rash with sloughing
  • hives
  • decreased calcification or density of bone
  • fainting
  • visible water retention
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • abnormal liver function tests
  • a significant type of allergic reaction called anaphylaxis
  • a type of allergic reaction called angioedema
  • a type of immune system problem called hypogammaglobulinemia
  • pancreatitis
  • a type of skin disorder called acute generalized exanthematous pustulosis
  • a type of significant allergic skin reaction called DRESS syndrome

If experienced, these tend to have a Less Severe expression i

  • high cholesterol
  • large purple or brown skin blotches
  • pink eye
  • ringing in the ears
  • abnormally acute hearing or painful sensitivity to sound
  • dry mouth
  • stomatitis, a condition with painful swelling and sores inside the mouth
  • a painful, red or swollen tongue
  • irritation of the stomach or intestines
  • the inability to have an erection
  • increased sensitivity of the skin to the sun
  • hair loss
  • hirsutism, a condition of hair growth on parts of the body normally without hair
  • skin discoloration
  • joint pain
  • muscle pain
  • leg cramps
  • low energy
  • excessive sweating
  • muscle twitching
  • decreased appetite
  • headache
  • a type of speech disorder called dysarthria
  • diarrhea
  • an inability to completely empty the bladder
  • an increased need to urinate often
  • generalized weakness
  • intense abdominal pain

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