Oxcarbazepine is a derivative of dibenzazepine carboxamide that shows an anticonvulsant property. This drug acts by blocking voltage-gated sodium channels to stabilize the hyper-excited neural membranes. It also inhibits the repetitive neuronal firing, and decreases the propagation of synaptic impulses. This active component is a keto analogue of carbamazepine and anticonvulsant used alone or in combination with other agents in the therapy of seizures.
Class of Drugs – Antiepileptic
Molecular Formula – C15H12N2O2
Molecular Weight - 252.27 g/mol
Working: This medication is a member of a class of drugs known as antiepileptic medications. This type of medicines is used to treat seizures. The exact mechanism of this medication is not known. It might block sodium channels to restrict seizures from spreading to the rest of the brain. It also acts on potassium and calcium in the brain to stop seizures. It effectively resists formation of seizures.
Uses: This antiepileptic medication acts as an anticonvulsant. Oxcarbazepine works by reducing nerve impulses that cause seizures and pain. It is approved for the treatment of partial seizures.
It can also be used as a single medicine in adults and children who are at least 4 years old. It is used with other drugs in adults and children who are at least 2 years old.
Popular Brands and Dosages: This medication is used as active component in a popular brand medicine as given below:
- Trileptal: 150 mg, 300 mg, and 600 mg
Medical history, especially of kidney disease, mineral imbalance must be discussed with the doctor before consuming this medicine.