Last update: July 16, 2017


Low Risk for breastfeeding

Moderately safe. Probably compatible.
Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended.
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Eslicarbazepine or S-licarbazepine is the S-enantiomer of licarbazepine (MHD), the active metabolite of oxcarbazepine (see specific information), an anti-epileptic drug considered to be of low risk during breastfeeding.

Since the last update we have not found any published data on its excretion in breast milk.

Given the structural equivalence and similar actions to oxcarbazepine, different effects are not likely in infants who are breastfed by mothers undergoing treatment with eslicarbazepine or oxcarbazepine, but until there is more data on this drug in relation to breastfeeding, safer known alternatives are preferred, especially in the neonatal period and in case of prematurity.

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It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 90 %
Molecular weight 254 daltons
Protein Binding 40 %
VD 0,9 l/Kg
Tmax 2 - 3 hours
T1/2 20 - 24 hours


  1. Jacob S, Nair AB. An Updated Overview on Therapeutic Drug Monitoring of Recent Antiepileptic Drugs. Drugs R D. 2016 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. EMA. Eslicarbazepina. Ficha técnica. 2016 Full text (in our servers)
  3. EMA. Eslicarbazepine. Drug Summary. 2016 Full text (in our servers)
  4. Sunovion. Eslicarbazepine (Aptiom). Prescribing Information. 2015 Full text (in our servers)

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