Tegretol Withdrawal

Suddenly stopping the use of the anticonvulsant Tegretol may cause serious withdrawal side effects among patients. Contact a Tegretol attorney today if you have been affected by the pharmaceutical drug.

Although most consumers hear about the side effects associated with taking certain pharmaceutical drugs, they may not be aware of the risks they may face upon deciding to stop taking their medication. Anticonvulsant drugs like Tegretol in particular, have been shown to cause serious side effects among patients who suddenly stop using the drug. To reduce your risk of suffering from Tegretol withdrawal, consult your healthcare provider to discuss a treatment plan to gradually reduce your use of the anticonvulsant until you are no longer taking it. In most cases, your doctor will suggest that you wean yourself off the drug slowly to avoid seizures or other Tegretol withdrawal symptoms, even if you are switching to another epilepsy medication. If you took the anticonvulsant Tegretol and have since suffered from a Tegretol withdrawal side effect, contact an experienced Tegretol attorney to discuss your legal options.

Tegretol Withdrawal Side Effects

Even though the drug is not addicting, symptoms of Tegretol withdrawal can occur if you discontinue use of the medication too quickly. If you stop taking Tegretol before you have reached an effective dose of your new medication, or if your new medication does not work for you, you are still at risk of experiencing seizures. Other Tegretol withdrawal side effects may include enhanced sympathetic activity in sleep, drowsiness, dizziness, and return of nerve pain. As with any prescription drug, it may be dangerous to suddenly stop taking Tegretol without medical consent. It can make your seizures worse, or it can cause you to suffer from a type of seizure you have never experienced before, even if you are not taking Tegretol to control seizures. The exact details of your reduced treatment plan will depend on a number of factors, including your Tegretol dosage, how long you have been taking it, and whether you are starting a new seizure medication in its place.

Additional Tegretol Side Effects and FDA Warnings

In addition to the potential for Tegretol to cause serious withdrawal symptoms among patients, studies have shown that Tegretol may also cause life-altering side effects among patients who use the drug to treat their epilepsy, neuropathic (nerve) pain, or bipolar disorder, or even in their unborn children. In fact, an emerging body of research has established a potential connection between Tegretol use in pregnancy and the development of major birth defects among exposed children, including heart defects, spina bifida, growth retardation, developmental delay, cleft lip, limb defects, cleft palate, skeletal defects, hypospadias and hypoplasia. In addition, patients who take the anticonvulsant Tegretol may be at risk of suffering from life-threatening skin conditions themselves, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN). The FDA issued a safety announcement in 2007 warning patients and physicians about this severe side effect risk.

Tegretol Attorneys for Withdrawal Side Effects

In order to minimize their risk of experiencing Tegretol withdrawal side effects, consumers are advised to consult their healthcare provider before making any decisions to reduce their dosage or discontinue use of Tegretol altogether. If you stopped taking Tegretol and have since suffered from symptoms indicative of Tegretol withdrawal, consult a Tegretol attorney to explore your compensation options. You may be entitled to financial compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, and pain and suffering, which you can collect by filing a Tegretol lawsuit against drug maker Novartis Pharmaceuticals. You are not at fault for any injuries caused by a dangerous pharmaceutical drug, and you should not be held accountable for the resulting consequences. With the help of an experienced Tegretol lawyer, injured victims can protect their rights and collect the compensation they deserve.

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