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   Posted 10/7/2006 7:25 AM (GMT -7)   
have any of you guys taken or are taking trileptal?  I have muscle cramps like charleyhorses in both calfs--my dose was just increased by 150 mg. yesterday.  I had this on my last increase--am on  a low dose of cogentin till I get used to this new level.  I just wondered if this is a common reaction.  really annoying.

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   Posted 10/7/2006 12:15 PM (GMT -7)

I cannot rememember what kind of side effects I had when I was on the trileptal. I did include a link to side effects that are common. I hope you can get through them ok. If you had it on the last increase, then most likely that is what it is. It will most likely pass and be worth it, if trileptal works for you.

Be Well,

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it is the sweet fragrance of grace."

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   Posted 10/7/2006 12:16 PM (GMT -7)   

I took trileptal for a brief period (about 3 months for sleep) from 50mg to 100mg. I know what you are talking about, when I took trileptal my calfs hurt too. I especially felt it when I was laying down, to the point that it would wake me up from sleep. I didn't mention it to the pdoc because I thought it would go away, but it would come and go. I am not sure if it is a serious thing or not, but I would definetly do some research and even mention it to your pdoc, especially since it is an unpleasant feeling.

"Don't let your yesterday ruin your today."

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   Posted 10/8/2006 5:27 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Sue,

Horrible for you, I know, but I had to laugh at your description -- "muscle cramps like charleyhorses"!! Brilliant way with words :)

Like Olivia said, it would be best to check in with your pdoc on this. If it went away after your last increase and it's just when your body's adjusting to the new dose, that may be ok, but muscle spasms from meds should always be checked out.

Let us know how you go with them horses!!

Rosie x

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