A question about medicine for epileptics

Nurses General Nursing


I'm not a nurse but I had a question, that I was hoping nurses could help me out with.

The scenerio. Due to a hospital accident a person has minimal brain damage and epilepsy. He's older and he takes Tegretol, and only occassionally.

I thought an epileptic had to take their medication everyday. Also did Tegretol come in liquid form back in the late 80's? Another question, what color is Tegretol?

I hope i'm not intruding since i'm not a nurse but I really needed these questions answered. Thanks!


564 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care.

I can't imagine only taking siezure meds occasionally.

Tegetol does come in liqiud and is orange. Don't know what color it was in 1988.


2 Posts

The liquid is orange? What color are the actual pills? Sorry if my questions are annoying. :blush


564 Posts

Specializes in Critical Care.

Depends on the manufacturer. I've seen white and white with pink specks (looks and smells like certs). There are also offwhite triangular shaped tablets. I've never seen capsules. You try talking to a pharmacist.


150 Posts

Never take antiepileptics occasionaly!!!!!!!! It can be very dangerous. You must take as prescribed. Tegretol comes in a liquid, chewable tablets, and regular tablets. It does come in a capsule form, but it is called Carbatrol.


558 Posts

As a nurse and mother of a severe epileptic YOU NEVER skip or playaround with these meds. They absolutely have to be taken as directed.

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