A patient has been prescribed carbamazepine and asks the nurse what the medication is for. The nurse explains to the patient that the medication may used to treat:

Bipolar disorder
Epilepsy

Explanation

• Carbamazepine is an iminostilbene anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy and for mood stabilization in bipolar disorder. It may be used "off label" for nerve pain, migraine prophylaxis, or other uses 

• Patients should be encouraged to ask their doctors to clarify if they do not know why they are taking a medication 

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