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Review: could Tegretol cause Memory impairment?

Summary: Memory impairment could be caused by Tegretol, especially for people who are female, 60+ old, have been taking the drug for 1 - 6 months, also take Tegretol-xr, and have Epilepsy.

We study 23,927 people who have side effects while taking Tegretol from FDA and social media. Among them, 541 have Memory impairment. Find out below who they are, when they have Memory impairment and more.

On Apr, 17, 2014: 23,927 people reported to have side effects when taking Tegretol. Among them, 541 people (2.26%) have Memory Impairment. They amount to 0.12% of all the 461,370 people who have Memory Impairment on eHealthMe.

Trend of Memory impairment in Tegretol reports

Time on Tegretol when people have Memory impairment * :

< 1 month1 - 6 months6 - 12 months1 - 2 years2 - 5 years5 - 10 years10+ years
Memory impairment22.56%34.59%6.77%15.04%7.52%3.01%10.53%

Gender of people who have Memory impairment when taking Tegretol * :

FemaleMale
Memory impairment65.38%34.62%

Age of people who have Memory impairment when taking Tegretol * :

0-12-910-1920-2930-3940-4950-5960+
Memory impairment0.00%1.16%5.95%19.01%16.69%16.36%18.18%22.64%

Severity of Memory impairment when taking Tegretol ** :

leastmoderateseveremost severe
Memory impairment5.26%42.11%47.37%5.26%

How people recovered from Memory impairment ** :

while on the drugafter off the drugnot yet
Memory impairment0.00%16.67%83.33%

Top conditions involved for these people * :

  1. Epilepsy (182 people, 33.64%)
  2. Convulsion (85 people, 15.71%)
  3. Depression (82 people, 15.16%)
  4. Thyroid disorder (66 people, 12.20%)
  5. Pain (44 people, 8.13%)

Top co-used drugs for these people * :

  1. Tegretol-xr (80 people, 14.79%)
  2. Levothyroxine sodium (72 people, 13.31%)
  3. Neurontin (71 people, 13.12%)
  4. Lamictal (64 people, 11.83%)
  5. Topamax (55 people, 10.17%)

* Approximation only. Some reports may have incomplete information.

** Reports from social media are used.

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  • From this study (2 months ago):

  • Has seizures that will not stop w/o intervention. Er & ICU each time he has one. Aprox ever 3 month or aftera fall on head, Memory loss & confusion increase after the seizure due to seizure activity or ? meds used. Seems to lose more memory each time. Balance is poor, loss of taste since on the meds. the more meds he takes the more symptoms. Posture also worse the more he takes. If he does not take the meds he will have more seizures. No anti seizure drugs have been w/o side effects.

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  • From this study (1 year ago):

  • Diagnosed at age 6....Controlled until the last 5 years (2 status epilepticus).
    Better now but having a complex partial every couple months. Coming off Vimpat
    as the half life being so short caused problems along with other side effects.
    Ramping up on Lamotrigine....now at 350mg total. Just experienced a dull stomach discomfort for several days and bloody stools when increasing to 350mg.
    Also was taking alot of aspirin the last few weeks as I bruised my ribs during a fall on the lip of the bathroom tab while experiencing a complex partial. Could the bloody stools and stomach discomfort be caused by either the aspirin or the Lamotrigine?
    I am presently attempting to improve my beakthrough seizure rate or eliminate them all together through my care at Vanderbilt. If not I am looking at a resection (anterior temporal lobe).

    Total Dosage:

    Carbamazazepine - 800mg
    Zonisamide - 600mg
    Lamotrigine - 350mg (ramping up)
    Vimpat - 400mg (ramping down)
    Acyclovir - 400mg
    Vitamin D-3 - 10,000iu
    Vitamin B-12 - 5,000mcg
    Pregnenolone - 30mg
    Gabba - 750mg

    Reply

  • From this study (2 years ago):

  • confusion, concentration, trouble learning new things

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