Eight children overdose on antiepileptic drug

Eight children, aged between 7 to 13 years ingested their friend's antiepileptic medication, Tegretol (carbamazepine). Several of the children developed a coma and were hospitalised. All children recovered after several days.

Carbamazepine is a drug prescribed for seizures. In overdose it can actually cause more seizures, as well as coma, heart and liver toxicity.

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