A patient prescribed carbamazepine asks the nurse why he is prescribed the drug. The nurse explains to the patient that the drug may be used to treat


• Carbamazepine is an anticonvulsant used to treat epilepsy and for mood stabilization in bipolar disorder. It may also be used for chronic neuropathic pain, migraine prophylaxis, or other uses.

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

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