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Review: could Carbamazepine cause Itchiness?

Summary: Itchiness could be caused by Carbamazepine, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for < 1 month, also take Clonazepam, and have Epilepsy.

We study 15,427 people who have side effects while taking Carbamazepine from FDA and social media. Among them, 258 have Itchiness. Find out below who they are, when they have Itchiness and more.

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On Apr, 11, 2014: 15,427 people reported to have side effects when taking Carbamazepine. Among them, 258 people (1.67%) have Itchiness. They amount to 0.05% of all the 536,618 people who have Itchiness on eHealthMe.

Trend of Itchiness in Carbamazepine reports

Time on Carbamazepine when people have Itchiness * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Itchiness47.50%37.50%2.50%2.50%2.50%5.00%2.50%

Gender of people who have Itchiness when taking Carbamazepine * :

FemaleMale
Itchiness63.60%36.40%

Age of people who have Itchiness when taking Carbamazepine * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Itchiness0.00%0.47%6.10%7.51%12.68%15.96%17.37%39.91%

Severity of Itchiness when taking Carbamazepine ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Itchiness20.00%60.00%20.00%0.00%

How people recovered from Itchiness ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Itchiness0.00%0.00%100.00%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Epilepsy (18 people, 6.98%)
  2. Bipolar disorder (17 people, 6.59%)
  3. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (13 people, 5.04%)
  4. Pain (13 people, 5.04%)
  5. Convulsion (12 people, 4.65%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Clonazepam (28 people, 10.85%)
  2. Diazepam (20 people, 7.75%)
  3. Haloperidol (17 people, 6.59%)
  4. Fluconazole (15 people, 5.81%)
  5. Zyprexa (15 people, 5.81%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • Having Tardive Dyskinesia is reallya a bad experience. It's hard to get rid of, and is worse than having depression. I would not take these drugs. I shake all the time.

    Reply

    Kel on Oct, 30, 2012:

    Female 51 Ocean City, MD Anxiety, depression, mood swings

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    Tammy55 on Mar, 9, 2012:

    I have been looking into this and wondered if I have Parkinsons Disease or if its just from the Abilify.. Sounds like my tremors in m y neck and head are related to the use of the Abilify after seeing some of the stats. But now the questons remains - how to get off ablify to see if the tremors stop?????????
    Tam

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    Dana on Oct, 20, 2012:

    I have been told by my psychiatrist that the tardive dyskenisia I have is from the Abilify I take. I was on it for almost 2 years and then, all of a sudden, I have the WORST tremors in my hands. I can't write, can hardly hold a phone because the tremors jiggle the phone around and I only get about 1./2 of the conversation. I don't know what else to do because the doctor says he wants to keep me on it "a little longer" because my mood is not stable. I guess at this point it's just a "wait and see" game.

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    hayley on Oct, 26, 2012:

    Hi, i am 17 years old and i was put on Abilify a couple of years ago. Abilify caused me to have muscle twitches escpecially around my eyes and my hands would also shake sometimes. i would get bad leg cramps during the night which would cause me to wake up in pain. i soon got off abilify and all my symtoms stopped. But every now and then i still get muscle twitches. i assume what your experiencing Tammy 55 is the side effects of Abilify. Abilify can cause long term affects even years after you stop the medication. i suggest since your experiencing these symtoms you should discontinue the medication before its to late. i hope i was helpful. have a good day.

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    Restless192 on Oct, 26, 2012:

    I took abilify and experienced the worst experience of my life. Even considering all of my depression my time on abilify was my one instance in which I wanted hospitalization. If I had a knife in my presence I'd surely be dead.

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