how much of tegretol were you taking? and the gait and confussion went away after a while?You're welcome. It might work for some people but on the packaging now it says increased risk of "suicidal ideation". I very nearly acted on that ideation one night, something that is completely out of character for me ever before or ever since. I don't know if they knew about these side effect back in the 80s when I was given this Rx or if they have just figured this out over the last few decades. That would make all of us a bunch of guinea pigs. I was never told word one about these potentially lethal side effects.
That's great. Not being depressed is terrific. What I was objecting to is never getting even a hint, one single word of warning or counsel that such things (unwanted pregnancies and miscarriages, in addition to the suicidal ideation risk) were even possibilities. And these are not risks that have happened to one person. Tegretol has been out for long enough now to have a "track record". Even according to my neurologist, it's not a good one.Hi, cat lover - When learning about side effects of a medication it is important to also find out the percentage of people who experienced a particular risk factor. If even one person experiences an issue of some kind that is determined to be related to the medication, it then has to be listed as a risk factor. Many anti-seizure medications carry the "suicidal ideation" warning, or other warnings such as "may cause aggressive or hostile behavior". Often, though, the percentage of these is 2-3% or less. So yes, one cannot deny the presence of a risk and the fact that everyone responds to medications differently, but it all has to be taken into perspective and balanced out with the benefits of seizure control. Two of the medications I am on have the "risk of suicidal ideation", but I am definitely not depressed and thoughts of suicide are the furthest thing from my mind!
Sorry, I honestly can't remember the dose I was on. That was over 30 years ago. My side effects never went away until I stopped taking the Tegretol.how much of tegretol were you taking? and the gait and confussion went away after a while? thanks for your relpy
I was trying to think about that when writing my original comment, it was afew years ago, and my memory isn't the best (probably due to all the meds!), I can't remember, but I do remember I was thinking I'm being put on a high dosage, and not working my way up to it.how many miligrams a day were you taking?