felbamate-oral suspension, Felbatol (cont.)
HOW TO USE: Shake well before using. This medication may be taken with or without food. Take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. Follow the dosing schedule precisely. Do not stop taking this drug suddenly without consulting your doctor as seizures may occur. It is important to take all doses on time to keep the level of medication in your blood constant. Do this by taking doses at the same time(s) each day. Do not skip doses.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may rarely cause severe anemia and liver damage. Be sure to notify your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following: fever, sore throat or mouth, easy bruising, pale skin, pale fingernails, skin rash, hives, itching, fatigue, loss of appetite, dark urine, pale stools, yellowing of the skin or eyes. Other side effects are relatively mild. The most frequent are nausea, vomiting, constipation, insomnia, headache, anorexia and weight loss. These tend to diminish over time with continued use. Drowsiness has been reported (along with the previously mentioned side effects) when taking other seizure medication concurrently with felbamate. Be sure to tell your doctor if any of these side effects persist. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: kidney problems, heart disease, liver disease, anemia, allergies (especially drug allergies). This medication is only to be used when other treatments have not been successful and the risk of aplastic anemia is acceptable. This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure. Wear protective clothing and use a sunscreen when outdoors. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication appears in breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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