Anyone Had REally Serve Anxiety being on Tegretol regular or Tegretol XR?

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Date Joined Apr 2006
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   Posted 4/13/2006 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   
confused  Ive Been on Tegretol since i was nine im on it still but now im on Teg XR not the regular and im 21 now but i need help has anyone experienced anxiety after being put on this med but was calm and ok before they were put on it?....Plz i dont need simular experience stories about other meds i need msgs from ppl who felt the same experience as i have thnks alot :)

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Date Joined May 2006
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   Posted 7/7/2006 11:30 AM (GMT -6)   

Dear Katie,

I don't know if you still come into the forum, and your post was written quite some time ago.  I am sorry I did not have the chance to read it sooner.  I do not know if your anxiety is linked to Tegretol, but I do have similarities to you.  I started having seizures as a child and was put on high dosages of tegretol for roughly 7 years or so (unsure of exact time).  This was all before age 13.  I am now 23, and problems with seizure disorder just started reoccurring.  I also suffer from anxiety/panic.  I have often thought that this was related to taking the Tegretol for such a long period of time, on such high dosages, as a child.  I am not a doctor, so cannot say if it is directly related, but it has crossed my mind.  I asked a relative of mine who is a pharmacist about how common it was for me to have taken that drug at such a young age and she said that although they prescribe it a lot, it surprises her because it is a "mind altering drug". That was her exact quote.  So, I do not know if this is related, but it should be researched in my opinion.  I also heard a similar story from another member here who had been on Tegretol as a child for a prolonged period of time and he now suffers from anxiety problems as well.  So, who knows?? Hope you get everything under control, and feel free to contact me back if you want.

God bless,


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Date Joined Feb 2006
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   Posted 7/10/2006 12:06 PM (GMT -6)   
On tegretol, I ground my teeth, I had headaches,I was irratable and short tempered.

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Date Joined Jul 2006
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   Posted 7/10/2006 10:10 PM (GMT -6)   
I was thought to have epilepsy for a while. Started when I was 17 years old, now 38. I was using Tegretol up to 1600mg per day and NEVER helped for almost 10 years I took it. I do have anxiety now and panic attacks and am not sure what they are caused from. But I can say this - The Tegretol NEVER worked for me and all the MRI's, Pet Scans, EEG's, and other tests all came up negative. Now they say I have anxiety and a small heart issue. But I still am having the attacks at least 10 to 20x a week. But the newest doctor says their not seizures but either panic attacks or high heart rate. But I am just saying I never had anxiety before I was on Tegretol and now I do. I take no seizure medicines at all now but only something called Lexapro, but I just started that so I have no info yet with it..

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