Trileptal and low sodium levels

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I had drowsiness, nausea, blurry close-up vision, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> low blood <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> levels. One thing I did notice was that my doctor didn't tell me about side effects until I would specifically ask about one. So you probably should let your doc know about the numbness or at least ask your pharmacist if it's a known side effect.
However, tell your friend that his/her doctor should be performing blood tests every three months. Trileptal can cause low blood <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> levels that can adversely affect the kidneys and the blood tests will monitor that. It can cause drowsiness, but my doctor had me take a NoDoz with the daytime doses to counteract that. One caution with that is, some people have a pain trigger with caffeine. The doctor should be asked if this suggestion is ok.
I am now 35, 3 children and when i was diagnosed manic-depressive i was on prozac, wellbutrin <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> taking hi levels of prescription weight loss pills. I was losing my mind but i wasn't losing any weight! When my Psychatrist decided to try me on Topamax it was because of my anieity over my weight gain with the standard mood stabilizers. Within these past two years I have lost 38 pounds taking this medicine.
Blood pressure good when through a tilt table test as well, surgar <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> insulin good, b-12 was low but I take drops for that <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> b-12 ok know. Any ideas let me know. I'll keep all of you updated.
My PCP always thought I was starting to get Shingles, ear infection, TMJ,..the list goes on <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> none of these things came to be. I am on Trileptal which is supposed to help the bouts of TN. I was also told TN is a problem of an "older" person, age 60-70 + for "normal" TN. If a "younger" person develops it, one of the causes is MS. I am 42, and have probably had TN on and off since age 35.
Last night, she was scanning tv channels and she knew she should stop scanning because her head was feeling weird and then thee next thing she remembers was me at her bed and she didn't know how she got there---she had actually walk over to me, told me she didn't feel good and I took her to her room and she said she was wanted to lie down...so she did. She is on Lamictal 75mg...low dose <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> was on Topamax prior but she was losing her short term memory on that.
Has anyone experienced altered labs (decreased white and now red cells). The white count came up a tad since last week so we are rechecking again next week in the hopes it was a virus causing the low counts. But, now my RBC are below normals as or my H&H. The sodium levels are also low but the Trileptal or my diuretic could be the cause of that reading.
The doctors stated her labs were normal but we learned later she had low platelets <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> elevated <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> levels from a nursing student. They said she could resume cheerleading and contact sports. No discussion of the chiarra malformation or precautions. They said they wanted to do a spinal tap later as an outpatient. Please respond as I have a sense that misdiagnosis is very possible or that futher damage may occur as the chiarra is being ignored.
If you're gaining really fast on Trileptal, get your <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> checked <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> see if you have some swelling going on. A more uncommon side effect is to lower your sodium, which can cause water retention and rapid weight gain. If this is happening (and you should get your doctor to check), you'll need to up your salt intake to balance things. Remember that you can only pack on so many pounds in a week of fat and muscle, and gaining a lot in a short period is often water, which is quite heavy.
If this is not possible then getting a 2 hour sleep deprived EEG can also be helpful. Low <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> with trileptal is a common side effect. Joint/muscle pain with tegretol is a rare side effect and I would recommend a workup to identify other possible causes other that the tegretol. If you stop the tegretol you should follow a drug level of lamictal to make sure you are therapeutic (have enough in your blood).
pulled him off the diuretic too which was causing low sodium, potassium, chloride <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> electrolyte levels in general. All of these levels being low will tire him out too. Seeing Trileptal (Epilepsy Med) can lower sodium levels so you should drink less water to hold sodium in the body longer.
other side-effects include nausea, headache, vomiting, dizziness, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> blurred vision. It may also affect blood <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> levels, so you should get a blood test every 6 months. the only real significant side effect i ever got was tiredness. people on oxcarbazepine usually experience even fewer side effects compared to those taking carbamazepine. overall, it's a good drug that is widely used with few side effects.
(they try to keep me between 2-3. I stopped coumadin for 2 days <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> am now on a very low dose, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> am to get rechecked tomorrow. I hope this leg has nothing to do with that. It is no swollen or red, just unbelievably stiff, most at the knee. I truly cant bend it more than 2 inches. I will give a call, that would be pretty bad if it was related to the coumadin/clot stuff. Thanks for the heads up on that, SO appreciate that.
O) Discovery was that Trileptal (Epilepsy med) <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> diuretic Indapamide (Lozol) both lower <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> levels <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> here comes the biggest tick off.. ""The following reactions have been reported with clinical usage of indapamide: jaundice (intrahepatic cholestatic jaundice), hepatitis, and abnormal liver function tests. These reactions were reversible with discontinuance of the drug.
I have tried every drug out there <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> the one that worked (Trileptal) caused me to have danerously low <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> levels that caused me to end up in the hospital. In January of 2007, I had Gamma Knife surgery and had absolutely no relief until about 6 months after the proceedure. It was so wonderful (after I finally believed that it was working after so many false hopes), and just like the pain left, it came back slowly but surely after 3 or 4 months.
Dietary changes, particularly those containing caffeine <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> salt, may affect lithium levels <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> increase your risk of developing lithium toxicity." This is important info as many P-Docs (such as mine) will neglect to tell you this. Lithium is absolutely the drug that has worked the best for me, but it certainly depends on an individuals brain chemistry. Depakote worked for me for 2 years, until I had suicidal thoughts directly related to the drug.
have tried every drug out there and the only one that worked (Trileptal) caused me to have dangerously low <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> levels that caused me hospital stays. In January of 2007, I had Gamma Knife surgery and had absolutely no relief until about 6 months after the proceedure. It was so wonderful (when I finally believed that it was working after so many false hopes), and just like the pain left, it came back slowly but surely after 3 or 4 months.
I am now back on keppra after 11 years on its own this time and been on it since 7th november 2012 and already feeling strange, being hungry but cant really face food. Tried two small glasses of low alcohol wine <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> that played havoc. Feeling tired <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> headachy. Only on 250mg at the moment but the dosage is going up by 250mg every 2 weeks up to 1000mg.. so fingers crossed it doesnt get any worse.
In May of 2007 I was taking a sublingual B-Complex (B12 and B6) when I experienced vertigo. I went to a neurologist who said by B12 levels were 200 <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> a little low so he gave me a perscription for Cerefolin, a mega vitamin usually given to Parkinson's patients. Within a month I had lost my balance, my reflexes had slowed down. I was suspected for MS. My symptoms worsened, and I was at a point in November that I was going to need a walker.
I was Eventually taken off the Depakote because of complications with a mitochondrial disorder I have, so my Trileptal levels were raised. That only dropped my <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>sodium</span> levels dangerously low, <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> hospitalized me (no seizures, thankfully). The docs raised my Lyrica levels to 250mg twice a day and dropped my Trileptel levels. After unusual side effects and aura like symptoms, Lamictal, and eventually Klonopin was added.
200mg a day after 10 days... thats way to much. With Topomax you start low <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> progress slow! Start with 25mg <span style = 'background-color: #dae8f4'>and</span> progress with 25mg a week. So now you should be on 50mg (and not 200) By the way, all CO2 drinks will taste like hell. The same goes for food and coffee. Some small tests also sugest it helps against alcohol and nicotine abuse. But in the US it's not allowed for that....!
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