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Carbamazepine is an aromatic anticonvulsant that is widely used in therapy of epilepsy and trigeminal neuralgia and is a well established cause of clinically apparent liver injury which can be severe and even fatal.


Carbamazepine (kar" ba maz' e peen) is an iminostilbene that is chemically related to tricyclic antidepressants and unrelated in structure to other anticonvulsants. Carbamazepine suppresses spread of seizure activity by reduction in the post-tetanic potentiation of synaptic transmission. Carbamazepine was approved for use in epilepsy in the United States in 1968 and it is still in common use with more than 2 million prescriptions being written yearly. Current indications include prevention and management of partial, complex, mixed and generalized seizures. It is used alone or in combination with other anticonvulsants. Carbamazepine is also effective in trigeminal neuralgia and peripheral neuropathies, but the mechanisms of its analgesic actions are not known. Carbamazepine is used off label for behavioral disorders and depression. Tablets of 100 mg and 200 mg and extended release capsules of 100, 200 and 400 mg are available, as are liquid formations and chewable forms for use in pediatrics. Carbamazepine is available in multiple generic forms and under the commercial names as Tegretol, Carbatrol, Equetro and Epitol. The recommended starting dose in adults for seizures is 200 mg twice daily or 100 mg four times daily, with increase in dose by 100 to 200 mg at weekly intervals based upon clinical response, but generally not exceeding 1200 mg daily. Doses in children are based upon body weight. Typically, lower doses are used for trigeminal neuralgia and other less established indications (restless leg syndrome, bipolar disorders, chorea). Frequent side effects include drowsiness, sedation, ataxia, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, and skin rash.


Prospective studies indicate that a sizeable proportion of patients taking carbamazepine have transient serum aminotransferase elevations (ranging from 1% to 22%). These elevations are usually benign, not associated with liver histological abnormalities and usually resolve even with drug continuation. In addition, most patients on carbamazepine develop mild-to-moderate elevations in gamma glutamyltranspeptidase (GGT) levels, probably indicative of hepatic enzyme induction rather than liver injury. Marked aminotransferase elevations (more than 5 fold elevated) occur less frequently.

Clinically apparent hepatotoxicity from carbamazepine is uncommon but well described, there being several hundred cases reported in the literature. Carbamazepine hepatotoxicity most often occurs in the setting of anticonvulsant hypersensitivity syndrome with onset of fever, followed by rash, facial edema, lymphadenopathy, elevations in white count and eosinophilia or atypical lymphocytosis, 1 to 8 weeks after starting therapy (Case 1 and 2). This syndrome is usually referred to as Drug Rash with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms [DRESS]. The most frequent form of systemic involvement in DRESS syndrome is liver injury. The liver involvement ranges from mild and transient elevations in serum enzymes to abrupt onset of an acute hepatitis-like syndrome that can be severe and even fatal. However, the most common pattern of enzyme elevations in carbamazepine related DRESS syndrome is a mixed or cholestatic injury. Liver biopsy shows the cholestatic injury with focal hepatocellular necrosis, prominence of eosinophils and occasionally granulomas. In fatal cases, liver histology also shows bridging, submassive or massive necrosis. Other systemic involvement in carbamazepine induced DRESS syndrome includes myositis, nephritis and pneumonitis. Carbamazepine induced DRESS syndrome has also been linked to several cases of vanishing bile duct syndrome in which a severe cholestatic hepatitis with immunoallergic features is followed by persistence of cholestasis with itching, jaundice and prominent elevations in alkaline phosphatase levels. In most instances, vanishing bile duct syndrome gradually improves with time, but some instances are severe and unremitting, leading eventually to end stage liver disease and death or need for liver transplantation several months or even years fter onset (Case 3).

Carbamazepine hepatotoxicity can also occur without immunoallergic features in which case the latency to onset can be as long as 6 to 12 months after starting. The cases of carbamazepine liver injury without immunoallergic features tend to be hepatocellular rather than cholestatic or mixed and are more likely to be severe (Case 4). Carbamazepine is a commonly listed agent in case series of acute liver failure.

Likelihood score: A (Well established cause of clinically apparent liver injury).

Mechanism of Injury

The mechanism of carbamazepine hepatotoxicity appears to be hypersensitivity or an immunological response to a metabolically generated drug-protein complex. Carbamzapine associated severe cutaneous adverse events (Stevens Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrosis) have been linked to HLA-B*1502 in Southeast Asian populations. In European, Korean and Japanese populations this association is not found, but in whom there is a less stong association with HLA-A*3101 and carbamazepine induced hypersensitivity reactions. The association of liver injury with these HLA haplotypes has been less well demonstrated. Carbamazepine, like other aromatic anticonvulsants, can also trigger acute porphyria by inducing delta aminolevulinic acid (ALA) synthetase activity.

Outcome and Management

Carbamazepine hepatotoxicity is usually rapidly reversible with stopping therapy, improvements beginning within 5 to 7 days. In cases of severe injury, progression to acute liver failure and death can occur, particularly in patients presenting with a hepatocellular pattern of serum enzyme elevations (Case 4). Corticosteroids have been used but with uncertain effectiveness for the hepatic components of the hypersensitivity syndrome. Rechallenge with carbamazepine is associated with rapid and more severe recurrence and should be avoided. Cross reactivity with other aromatic anticonvulsants (phenytoin, phenobarbital, primidone, oxcarbazepine and lamotrigine) is common, but not invariable. Patients with severe hypersensitivity to carbamazepine should avoid exposure to other aromatic anticonvulsants and be switched instead to agents such as a benzodiazepine, valproate, levetiracetam, gabapentin or pregabalin.

Drug Class: Anticonvulsants


Case 1. Immunoallergic hepatitis caused by carbamazepine.

[Modified from: Dertinger S, Dirschmid K, Vogel W, Drexel H. Immunosuppressive therapy for carbamazepine-induced hypersensitivity syndrome and hepatitis. J Hepatol 1998; 28: 356-7. PubMed Citation]

A 50 year old man with epilepsy was switched from valproate to carbamazepine and one month later presented with high fevers and fatigue. He was treated with amoxicillin and developed a diffuse maculopapular rash, adenopathy and jaundice within a few days. Laboratory testing showed eosinophilia (8%) and elevations in serum enzymes with mild jaundice (Table). Tests for viral hepatitis, autoimmune liver disease and liver imaging were negative or nonrevealing. Carbamazepine was continued for another 5 days when a liver biopsy showed evidence of drug induced liver disease. Because of worsening rash and hemorrhagic bullae, a single intravenous injection of prednisolone (250 mg) was given. He improved rapidly and was discharged after 12 days in the hospital, but returned a few days later with relapse in fever, rash and fatigue. Serum enzymes had risen as well. He was started on oral prednisone (~40 mg/day) and improved. The dose of prednisone was gradually decreased and was stopped 12 weeks later. In follow up, he was asymptomatic and had normal liver tests on chronic valproate therapy.

Key Points

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A typical case of drug related rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), also referred to as anticonvulsant hypersensitivity syndrome or immunoallergic hepatitis due to carbamazepine. The presentation and course were typical with onset of fever, rash, lymphadenopathy, eosinophilia and a mixed-hepatocellular-cholestatic form of liver injury within 4 weeks of starting carbamazepine. The course of the liver disease was relatively mild and dominated by the systemic symptoms of fever and rash. While corticosteroids have not been proven to be beneficial in drug induced liver injury, this case demonstrates that they appear to rapidly ameliorate symptoms and signs of hypersensitivity, as evidenced in this patient by the rapid response in rash and fever to a single infusion of prednisone and the relapse in symptoms when corticosteroids were not continued. While corticosteroids may shorten the period of symptoms, they have not been shown to alter the ultimate outcome which is usually complete recovery. For this reason, corticosteroids should be used cautiously, limiting the dose and duration of therapy and, as in this case, documenting sustained recovery after withdrawal.

Case 2. Cholestatic hepatitis caused by carbamazepine.

[Modified from: Larrey D, Hadengue A, Pessayre D, Choudat L, Degott C, Benhamou J-P. Carbamazepine-induced acute cholangitis. Dig Dis Sci 1987; 32: 554-7. PubMed Citation]

A 79 year old woman with facial neuralgia was treated with carbamazepine and clobezepam and developed itching one month later. She continued the medications for another 3 weeks when she noted worsening fatigue and jaundice. She had no history of liver disease or alcohol abuse and was on no other medications except vincamine (a vasodilator and indole alkaloid). On examination she was jaundiced and had a low-grade fever, but had no features of chronic liver disease or hepatic failure. Laboratory testing showed eosinophilia (54%) and elevations in serum enzymes with mild jaundice (Table). Test for hepatitis A and B were negative; autoantibody testing revealed an ANA of 1:100. Ultrasonography showed no evidence of biliary obstruction. A liver biopsy demonstrated marked cholestasis, bile duct injury and mild lobular inflammation compatible with drug induced liver injury. There were no granulomas. All medications were stopped and she improved rapidly, liver tests returning to normal within 3 months. Clobazepam and vincamine were restarted and all tests remained normal.

Key Points

Laboratory Values

Some values estimated from Figure 3. Serum bilirubin levels converted from μmol to mg/dL.


This patient developed a cholestatic hepatitis with mild fever and marked eosinophilia but no rash and therefore not really drug related rash with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), although clearly liver injury with immunoallergic features. Recovery was rapid once carbamazepine was stopped, which had been delayed for 3 weeks despite symptoms of fatigue and itching. The roles of clobazepam (a benzodiazepine) and vincamine (a drug derived from vinca that is used to improve blood flow to the brain, but not available in the United States) were excluded by the absence of recurrence once they were restarted.

Case 3. Vanishing bile duct syndrome caused by carbamazepine.

[Modified from: Forbes GM, Jeffrey GP, Shilkin KB, Reed WD. Carbamazepine hepatotoxicity: another cause of the vanishing bile duct syndrome. Gastroenterology 1992; 102: 1385-8. PubMed Citation]

A 59 year old man developed fever, rash, abdominal pain and jaundice 2 months after starting carbamazepine for glossopharyngeal neuralgia. He had no history of liver disease, drank alcohol regularly but in moderation and had no risk factors for viral hepatitis. His other medical conditions included chronic obstructive airway disease and hypertension for which he had been taking nebulized salbutamol and oral captopril for more than a year. On initial examination he was febrile (39.7 oC) and deeply jaundiced. He had a generalized erythematous, macular rash but with no mucosal involvement. There were no signs of chronic liver disease. Laboratory testing showed eosinophilia (20%) and elevations in serum enzymes with jaundice (Table). The INR was 2.06, but it corrected rapidly with vitamin K. Tests for autoantibodies were negative. Abdominal ultrasound and endoscopic retrograde cholangiography demonstrated no evidence of biliary obstruction. A liver biopsy demonstrated marked bile duct injury and portal inflammation. Carbamazepine was stopped and he was treated with oral prednisolone. The rash and fever improved rapidly and corticosteroids were tapered and stopped after 7 weeks. However, at the same time, jaundice deepened and he developed persistent pruritus. A repeat liver biopsy two months later showed lack of bile ducts and fibrotic septa extending from portal areas. Symptoms and jaundice gradually resolved over the next 10 months, but serum enzymes remained abnormal.

Key Points

Laboratory Values

Serum bilirubin levels converted from μmol/L to mg/dL.


This patient developed a drug rash, fever, eosinophilia and cholestatic hepatitis (DRESS) two months after starting carbamazepine. The cholestatic hepatitis was severe and prolonged and associated with vanishing bile ducts as shown by repeat liver biopsies. However, he eventually improved and the jaundice resolved. The ultimate prognosis, however, is uncertain. Vanishing bile ducts syndrome typically arises after an acute, severe cholestatic hepatitis with immunoallergic features.

Case 4. Acute liver failure caused by carbamazepine.

[Modified from: Morales-Diaz M, Pinilla-Roa E, Ruiz I. Suspected carbamazepine-induced hepatotoxicity. Pharmacotherapy 1999; 19: 252-5. PubMed Citation]

A 9 year old girl developed vomiting and diarrhea five months after starting carbamazepine (500 mg daily) for chronic seizure disorder. She was found to have marked elevations in serum enzymes but carbamazepine was continued as the diagnosis was thought to be acute viral hepatitis. Four days later she was admitted to the hospital because of worsening symptoms and jaundice. Serum bilirubin was 31 mg/dL, ALT 570 U/L, AST 550 U/L and alkaline phosphatase 1332 U/L and prothrombin index 35% of normal (Table). Over the next few days she remained deeply jaundice and developed lethargy and mild asterixis. Serum ammonia levels reached 138 μg/dL (normal <83). Tests for acute hepatitis A, B and C were negative and imaging of the liver showed no evidence of biliary obstruction. A liver biopsy showed changes suggestive of drug induced liver injury. Carbamazepine was stopped and corticosteroids were started. One week later she began to improve. Seizures were controlled with phenobarbital. She was discharged on tapering doses of corticosteroids. Two months after stopping carbamazepine, her liver tests were in the normal range and one year later she was without clinical or laboratory evidence of liver damage and was seizure free.

Key Points

Laboratory Values

Serum bilirubin levels estimated from Figure 1. PT index, prothrombin index


This child developed an acute hepatitis 5 months after starting carbamazepine. Immunoallergic features were not present and the course was severe, marked by signs and symptoms of hepatic failure and deep jaundice. She ultimately recovered, however, improving rapidly once carbamazepine was stopped. Clearly, the most serious error that can be made in managing drug induced liver injury is to continue the medication in the face of significant injury.


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    (Testing for HLA-B*1502 in 81 Thai patients on anticonvulsants found a 100% association of this allele with SJS due to carbamazepine [6 of 6 patients] and phenytoin [4 of 4], with a rate of ~18% among tolerant patients and a similar rate in those with macular papular rashes).
  • Chalasani N, Fontana RJ, Bonkovsky HL, Watkins PB, Davern T, Serrano J, Yang H, Rochon J; Drug Induced Liver Injury Network (DILIN). Causes, clinical features, and outcomes from a prospective study of drug-induced liver injury in the United States. Gastroenterology 2008; 135: 1924-34. [PMC free article: PMC3654244] [PubMed: 18955056]
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  • Crespo Pérez L, Moreira Vicente V, Cano Ruiz A, Gobernado Serrano JM, Cobo Ibañez N, Milicua Salamero JM. [Anticonvulsant hypersensitivity syndrome: an entity to be remembered]. Gastroenterol Hepatol 2009; 32: 687-92. Spanish. [PubMed: 19732994]
    (15 year old girl developed developed fever and rash several weeks after starting carbamazepine).
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    (Among 15 patients with severe DRESS from France, average onset was within 18 days, 2/3rds were women and causes included allopurinol [4], minocycline [3], sulfonamides [3] and anticonvulsants [3]; one each for phenobarbital, phenytoin and lamotrigine; about half had liver involvement).
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    (14 year old boy developed facial edema and fever 6 weeks after starting carbamazepine [bilirubin not given, ALT 193 U/L, eosinophils 15%], which resolved with stopping, and months later he developed fever, rash and pneumonitis 7 weeks after starting lamotrigine [ALT 154 U/L, eosinophils 12%], resolving upon stopping).
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    (Review of the genetic associations with hypersensitivity reactions to anticonvulsant medications; closest association has been with HLA-B*1502 and Stevens Johnson syndrome after aromatic anticonvulsants).
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    (Among 42 Thai patients with carbamazepine induced SJS/TEN, 37 [88%] had the HLA-B*1502 allele compared to 12% of tolerant controls, yielding and a positive predictive value of 1.9% and negative value of 99.9%).
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  • Molleston JP, Fontana RJ, Lopez MJ, Kleiner DE, Gu J, Chalasani N; for the Drug-Induced Liver Injury Network. Characteristics of idiosyncratic drug-induced liver injury in children: results from the DILIN Prospective Study. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr 2011; 53: 182-9. [PMC free article: PMC3634369] [PubMed: 21788760]
    (Among 30 children with drug induced liver injury enrolled in a prospective US database between 2004 and 2008, 8 were due to anticonvulsants [lamotrigine in 3, valproate in 3, phenytoin in 1 and carbamazepine in 1], none of which were fatal or led to chronic injury).
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    (Review of SJS and TEN which represent a spectrum of severe inflammatory skin reactions often due to medications including NSAIDs, carbamazepine, phenytoin, allpurinol, phenobarbital and valproate; no specific therapy has been shown to be beneficial).
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    (Genome wide association study on 43 Europeans with carbamazepine hypersensitivity syndromes identified HLA A*3101 in 27% of cases compared to 4% of controls).
  • Chen P, Lin JJ, Lu CS, Ong CT, Hsieh PF, Yang CC, Tai CT, et al; Taiwan SJS Consortium. Carbamazepine-induced toxic effects and HLA-B*1502 screening in Taiwan. N Engl J Med 2011; 364: 1126-33. [PubMed: 21428768]
    (Prospective assessment of effects of HLA screening among 4855 Taiwanese adults about to start carbamazepine; those with B*1502 were advised to take another agent; in follow up, there were no cases of SJS/TEN, whereas 10 [0.23%] were expected).
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    (Review of clinical features, pathogenesis, genetics, scoring systems, management and outcome of SJS/TEN).
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    (Systematic review of literature on HLA genotypes and cutaneous adverse reactions to carbamazepine found 23 studies on a total of 690 patients and 1585 "tolerant" controls which reported that 96% of Southeast Asian SJS/TEN cases vs 11% of controls had HLA-B*1502 allele, but association not found in Japan, Korea or Europe where A*3101 which linked to all hypersensitivity reactions in Koreans, Japanese and Europeans).
  • McCormack M, Urban TJ, Shianna KV, Walley N, Pandolfo M, Depondt C, Chaila E, et al. Genome-wide mapping for clinically relevant predictors of lamotrigine- and phenytoin-induced hypersensitivity reactions. Pharmacogenomics 2012; 13: 399-405. [PMC free article: PMC3428903] [PubMed: 22379998]
    (Genome wide association studies failed to identify any significant variation [including HLA-A*3101, previously associated with carbamazepine reactions in Europeans: McCormack 2011] associated with hypersensitivity to lamotrigine [n=46] or phenytoin [n=44]).
  • Patel PP, Gandhi AM, Desai CK, Desai MK, Dikshit RK. An analysis of drug induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Indian J Med Res 2012; 136: 1051-3. [PMC free article: PMC3612312] [PubMed: 23391805]
    (59 cases of drug induced Stevens Johnson syndrome were seen at a single referral center in India between 2005-2010, 25% in children, arising 1-39 days after starting drug, major causes being phenytoin [18] and nevirapine [13], 4 were attributed to carbamazepine).
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    (DRESS syndrome is marked by triad of fever, rash and internal organ involvement, usually liver; carbamazepine is a well known cause).
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  • Kim HI, Kim SW, Park GY, Kwon EG, Kim HH, Jeong JY, Chang HH, Lee JM, Kim NS. Causes and treatment outcomes of Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis in 82 adult patients. Korean J Intern Med 2012; 27(2): 203-10. [PMC free article: PMC3372805] [PubMed: 22707893]
    (Analysis of 82 patients with SJS/TEN seen between 2001 and 2011 at a Korean referral center found 52% due to drugs, 7 due to carbamazepine [8%], the single most common agent; mortality was 10%).
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    (Analysis of 20 children with SJS/TEN seen at an Indian referral center between 2007 and 2010; 15 were attributed to medications including 3 to carbamazepine: mortality rate 15%).
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    (Analysis of 75 adults patients with SJS/TEN seen between 2008 and 2011 at a referral center in South Africa, 59 [79%] were HIV positive and the major causes were drugs [96%] including TMP/SMZ 24%, nevirapine [30%], tuberculosis medications [20%] and anticonvulsants [16%]; one fatal case was due to carbamazepine).
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    (Cytotoxic T cells responding to carbamazepine were found in all 20 patients with a history of carbamazepine related SJS/TEN but in none of 4 tolerant controls, the HLA-B*1502 binding requiring endogenous peptides, but without processing of carbamazepine).
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    (Review of 14 cases of SJS seen at a single Canadian hospital between 2002 and 2010, 2 had minor enyzme elevations, but none were jaundiced; causes included phenytoin, carbamazepine, lamotrigine, sulfonamides and allopurinol).
  • Cheung YK, Cheng SH, Chan EJ, Lo SV, Ng MH, Kwan P. HLA-B alleles associated with severe cutaneous reactions to antiepileptic drugs in Han Chinese. Epilepsia 2013 May 20. [Epub ahead of print] [PubMed: 23692434]
    (HLA-B*1502 was found in 24 of 26 [92%] Chinese patients with carbamazepine related, but only 2 of 6 [33%] with lamotrigine related SJS versus 12% of controls).
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    (Review of genetic associations with severe skin and liver injury from drugs, focusing upon allopinol [B*5801], abacavir and flucloxacillin [B*5701] an dlapatinib [DQA1*02:01]; the association of B*1502 with carbamazepine induced SJS has not been extended to carbamazepine induced liver injury).
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    (Analysis of mortality rates in 460 patients with SJS/TEN [67% due to drugs] in a European observational database found that age, severity, underlying malignancy and renal or hepatic involvement correlated with poor survival; overall mortality at one year being 24% for SJS, 43% for overlap and 49% for TEN cases).
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    (Analysis of 136 patients with hypersensitivity reactions to drugs seen at a single referral center in Korea found liver involvement in 61 [45%], including 11 with SJS/TEN, 29 with DRESS and 17 with rash only; 20 cases were attributed to anticonvulsants).
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    (Systematic review of the literature on the association of carbamazepine related SJS/TEN with HLA-B*1502 found a strong correlation across 16 studies with 227 cases [87% with the allele] and 602 tolerant controls [9%], with association in Han Chinese, Malaysian, Thai and Indian populations but not in Japanese or Europeans).
  • He XJ, Jian LY, He XL, Wu Y, Xu YY, Sun XJ, Miao LY, Zhao LM. Association between the HLA-B*15:02 allele and carbamazepine-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis in Han individuals of northeastern China. Pharmacol Rep 2013; 65: 1256-62. [PubMed: 24399721]
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    (HLA-B*1502 alleles were identified in 2 of 9 Indian patients with carbamazepine associated SJS, but in none of 8 with phenytoin associated SJS and none of 50 tolerant controls).
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  • Mehta M, Shah J, Khakhkhar T, Shah R, Hemavathi KG. Anticonvulsant hypersensitivity syndrome associated with carbamazepine administration: Case series. J Pharmacol Pharmacother 2014; 5: 59-62. [PMC free article: PMC3917170] [PubMed: 24554914]
    (Three Indian men, ages 30, 41 and 50 years, developed rash, fever and serum enzyme elevations 7-10 days after starting carbamazepine [ALT 50-66 U/L, bilirubin normal], resolving on stopping drug).
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    (Review of the genetics of immune mediated drug reactions focusing upon skin injury from abacavir [HLA-B*57:01], carbamazepine [B*15:02, A*31:01], and allopurinol [B*58:01] and hepatotoxicity from amoxicillin/ clavulanate [several], flucloxacillin [B*57:01], ximelagatran, lumiracoxib, lapatinib, ticlopidine and nevirapine).
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