Q: 23 year old male is admitted to ICU after intentional overdose of carbamazepine. Serum concentrations of carbamazepine (select one)
A) may not peak for over 24 hours
B) may not peak for over 48 hours
C) may not peak for over 72 hours
D) may not peak for over 96 hours
E) Serum carbamazepine cannot be measured, and should be followed clinically.
Serum concentrations may not peak for over 96 hours. It is clinically important to closely follow levels every four to six hours. Though studies have shown correlation varies between concentrations of carbamazepine and clinical signs, but linear trend is expected.
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