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Question: can i use an enema if i take tegretol xr

 jsskrilla - Wed Apr 29, 2009 5:21 pm

can i use enemas if i take tegretol xr for epilepsy or will it make me poop out all of the medicine that is already in me.............since it's time released..........this is very important...............thanks

 John Kenyon, CNA - Thu Jan 07, 2010 9:04 pm

User avatar Hi there -- Because of the way Tegretol XL is put together -- tiny beads of randomly timed-release medication inside a capsule -- there is a significant risk of losing a good deal of the medication via enema. If you have enemas for simple "cleansing" purposes this can readily and safely be put on hold for the duration of Tegretol therapy. If, however, you have enemas because of chronic constipation, you'll need to discuss this with your MD and find alternative ways of dealing with the problem. Again, yes, there is a very real risk with any medication made in this form, of losing a substantial part of it through enema use.

Hope this helps. Good luck to you.

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