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Carbagen (carbamazepine) discontinued in the UK

28 Sep 2020

Mylan have discontinued their version of carbamazepine, called Carbagen.

Carbagen has been out of stock since January 2019, so most people will have already switched to a different manufacturer’s version of carbamazepine. If you are still taking Carbagen we recommend speaking to your GP or epilepsy specialist as soon as possible, as it is unlikely there will be much stock left.

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Has anyone had any problems changing to Tegretol. My son is still on carbagen and i am worried sick about changing him over. He is seizure free at the moment. Many thanks

Submitted by janis

Hi Janis  - it must be worrying thinking about this change if your son has been settled on his medicines.

 

Carbamazepine  is category 1 of  the MHRA’s guidelines for prescribing epilepsy medicines. This means that, where possible, people should be kept on the same brand all the time. However, when a brand of a particular drug is withdrawn, the only option is to change to a different brand. Tegretol is the original brand of carbamazepine. Taking this would be safer than changing to a completely new drug, as the main ingredient (carbamazepine) will be the same.

 

We’ve a few other online platforms you might be able to use to get feedback from others  about switching. Forum4e is our online community for people with epilepsy and carers of people with epilepsy to talk about their lives with epilepsy. You might also be able to get some feedback through our Facebook, Instagram, Discord and Twitter links.

 

Regards

Mags

Epilepsy Action Helpline Team

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