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Trileptal is a well-known drug which works as a result its ability to decrease particular nerve impulses that end up causing seizures. It is part of the anticonvulsants or antiepileptic group of drugs and is utilized in people ages two and up.

For whatever reason, some began to use Trileptal in efforts deal with their bipolar disorder. Although the beginning points of this trend remain undocumented, it was later proven in court that the people at Novartis had something to do with perpetuating the rumors. In September of 2010, Novartis pleaded guilty to attempting to market the drug for the unapproved uses of treating bipolar disorder during the years of 2000 and 2001.

Trileptal has also been linked to causing depression in users. Although the cases are no different or atypical than they are with other drugs that have mental health side-effects, Trileptal has developed a reputation of sorts as a drug that can be detrimental to the mental health of users.

Some of the more well-known side-effects of Trileptal include: headaches, problems with thinking or memory, weakness, loss of appetite, feeling unsteady, confusion, hallucinations, fainting, shallow breathing, and/or increased or more severe seizures. It can also make birth control less effective and reduce sodium in the body to dangerous levels. Thoughts of suicide have also been known to occur, as have radical changes in temperament. Examples include: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

As with any other drug, mental health related or otherwise, it is important to consult with a knowing physician prior to making any decisions on regular use. Furthermore, it is vital to get all of the available information on the side-effects of the drug before committing to using it, particularly in this case, given its unproven rumored results.

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