Itching, fever, and a measles-like rash (sensitivity
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on
anticonvulsants and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not
recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take
anticonvulsant medicine should be watched closely for
warning signs of suicide. People who take
anticonvulsant medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk
to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug
Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Some anticonvulsants make birth control pills
(oral contraceptives) less effective. Talk with your doctor about
other methods of birth control while taking these medicines.
anticonvulsants increase the sedating effects of alcohol and medications such
as antihistamines that often are used to treat colds, flu, and
Some anticonvulsants make people more prone to gum
Women taking anticonvulsants need to talk with their health
professionals if they are considering becoming pregnant. Anticonvulsants may
harm a fetus.
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.