Trileptal withdrawal can present quite a formidable task, especially without compassionate and effective protocols to protect your health.
A person taking this anticonvulsive medication may experience impaired cognitive functions. Consequences such as forgetting to take a dose, or other lapses, suggest that one would be wise to enlist help should one decide to quit taking the drug. We have helped thousands of clients at the Alternative to Meds Center to complete medication withdrawal successfully in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
While the drug was first marketed to treat partial seizures, other uses have become more prevalent. Doctors may prescribe Trileptal to children as young as two years of age, though pregnant women are advised not to breastfeed as the drug will pass to the infant directly. Birth defects have not been established according to the National Institute of Health, but have not been ruled out either.
(birth defects: https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=17325a80-fb9c-4a83-b4b4-98e0b999d852)
Although the drug’s initial use was for treating partial seizures, according to recent studies, 21% of adult prescriptions are for the treatment of BiPolar, and only 13% are for the treatment of partial seizures or convulsions. The remaining 66% of the scripts for Trileptal were not accounted for by the FDA study. (https://www.fda.gov/ohrms/dockets/ac/06/briefing/2006-4254b_07_02_OxcarbazepineUseData%20Cleared.pdf)
Severe Adverse Effects that May Require Trileptal Withdrawal
Due to some extreme side effects of the drug, it may become necessary to stop taking it, for example:
- Trileptal doubled the risk of suicidal ideation and behavior during clinical trials. (https://www.drugs.com/pro/trileptal.html)
- Trileptal showed a nearly 2X rate of impaired cognitive and motor functions over placebo, making it risky to drive or operate machinery.
- A condition known as “DRESS”, (Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms) can cause fatal or life-threatening reactions including fever, rash, enlarged lymph nodes, facial swelling, liver dysfunction, kidney inflammation, blood abnormalities, inflamed heart muscle or other tissues, etc.
- Eosinophilia (abnormally high white blood cell count)
- Leukopenia (deficiency in white blood cells).
Never abruptly stop taking Trileptal and don’t try to do it on your own. Always seek help and support before attempting to withdraw from Trileptal. If severe adverse effects present, such as the above list, a physician or clinician may need to reduce the drug more rapidly due to the risk of fatality that continuing the medication might present.
Antidepressant Meds and Alternatives to Antidepressant Drugs
Because the drug is known to induce relaxation and emotional dulling, it is possible that a doctor prescribed it as an antidepressant. For the treatment of depression, alternative therapies are becoming more popular due to the undesirable risks and adverse consequences of potent medications such as Trileptal.
We provide educational steps in our treatment plans to acquaint our clients with alternative treatments for depression, which do not include drug therapy. One such example of alternative treatments for depression that has received much careful study is checking for and correcting Vitamin D3 deficiency. There are many of these types of drug-free therapies that you can learn about in our educational component.
(Vit d and depression https://www.vitamindcouncil.org/health-conditions/depression/)
Find Out More About the Alternative to Meds Center
Whether your doctor prescribed Trileptal for the treatment of partial seizures, depression, BiPolar, or for any other reason, we are here to help our clients find the best path to their physical and mental health goals through holistic, medically supervised protocols and treatment. Often, doctors will prescribe multiple drugs along with Trileptal. Tapering from more than one medication can seem like a daunting task, nearly impossible to untangle. We can help.
Call us today for more information on our protocols, treatment timelines, insurance coverage, and any other questions you may have. Our center may be able to offer you the treatment you have been seeking. You are not alone. Find out how we can help you or a loved one overcome the challenges of Trileptal withdrawal.