ne. Although the vast majority of cases of leukopenia have not progressed to the more serious conditions of aplastic anemia or agranulocytosis, complete pretreatment hematological testing should be obtained as a baseline. If a patient, in the course of treatment, exhibits low or decreased white blood cell or platelet count, the patient should be monitored closely. Patients should be monitored and discontinuation of the drug should be considered if any evidence of bone marrow depression occurs. Carbamazepine should not be used in patients with a history of previous bone marrow depression, hypersensitivity to the drug, or known sensitivity to any of the tricyclic compounds. Because the possibility of a suicide attempt is inherent in bipolar disorder, close supervision of high-risk patients should accompany drug therapy.
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Efficacy of Switching to Carbamazepine Extended-Release Capsules in Bipolar Disorder
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