felbamate - oral, Felbatol (cont.)
USES: This medication is used alone or with other medications to treat severe seizures (epilepsy). This medication should be used only when you cannot take other medications or when other medications have not been able to control your seizures.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist. Read and sign the Informed Consent form provided by your doctor. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist before starting felbamate.Take this medication with or without food, usually 3-4 times a day or as directed by your doctor. Take with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. Follow the dosing schedule carefully.If you are using the liquid form of this medication, shake the container well before pouring each dose. Measure the dose carefully using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Your doctor may direct you to take a low dose at first, gradually increasing the dose to lower the chance of side effects such as upset stomach and drowsiness. Your doctor will adjust your dose to find the best dose for you. Follow your doctor's directions carefully. The usual maximum dose for adults is 3600 milligrams each day.Take this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. Do not skip doses.If you are already taking another anti-seizure drug, follow your doctor's directions carefully for stopping or continuing the old drug and starting felbamate.Do not stop taking this medication or any anti-seizure medication without consulting your doctor. Your seizures may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: See also Warning section.Drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, trouble sleeping, loss of coordination, headache, hiccups, and loss of appetite may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: ear pain, vision changes (e.g., blurred vision, double vision).A small number of people who take anticonvulsants for any condition (such as seizure, bipolar disorder, pain) may experience depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, or other mental/mood problems. Tell your doctor immediately if you or your family/caregiver notice any unusual/sudden changes in your mood, thoughts, or behavior including signs of depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, thoughts about harming yourself.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat, fainting.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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