A patient prescribed carbamazepine needs education about side effects associated with this medication. The nurse should mention which of the following?


• Carbamazepine (Tegretol) has a black box warning due to the risk of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and bone marrow suppression, which can lead to leukopenia, anemia, thrombocytopenia, and agranulocytosis.

• Other side effects of carbamazepine include liver damage, thyroid damage, drowsiness, nausea, blurred vision, dizziness, and dry mouth.

• Carbamazepine is an iminostilbene anticonvulsant commonly used to treat epilepsy and bipolar disorder.

• Excessive salivation, cough, and polyuria are not associated with carbamazepine.

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