Mental disorders induced by carbamazepine

Jpn J Psychiatry Neurol. 1990 Mar;44(1):59-63. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1819.1990.tb00441.x.


We present here a case with various physical and neuropsychiatric symptoms caused by the administration of carbamazepine. The patient suffering from right ophthalmic neuralgia showed fever, eczema, erythema, lymphoadenopathy, eosinophilia, vomiting, headache, dizziness, nystagmus, and various mental disorders which consisted of emotional instability, personality change, delusions of reference and persecution, depressive state, and hyperventilation syndrome during the administration of carbamazepine. The physical symptoms in the present case were conformable to the side effect of carbamazepine. The mental disorders appeared in a few days from the start of carbamazepine administration and disappeared after the discontinuation of the administration of this drug without antipsychotic therapy and have never relapsed until now. The mental disorders and the physical symptoms were in parallel with their clinical course. This kind of mental disorders induced by carbamazepine has not yet been reported.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Carbamazepine / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / chemically induced*


  • Carbamazepine