Low tolerability of carbamazepine in psychiatric patients may restrict its clinical usefulness.
There are reports of prophylactic efficacy of carbamazepine (CBZ) in manic depres sives when compared with placebo and chlorpromazine. Following a successful open pilot study by one of the authors, an attempt was made to compare carbamazepine and lithium carbonate in a double-blind, crossover trial, each patient being assigned to take each drug for 9 months in random order. However, of the first 14 patients to take carbamazepine four were withdrawn because of drug rashes and another two becau...Expand abstract
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