tiagabine - oral, Gabitril

GENERIC NAME: TIAGABINE - ORAL (tie-GAB-een)

BRAND NAME(S): Gabitril

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USES: Tiagabine is used with other medications to treat certain epileptic seizure disorders (e.g., partial seizures) which have not been controlled by other medications. Seizures occur because of problems with communication between nerves. Tiagabine is believed to affect certain natural substances (neurotransmitters) in the brain that slow down this communication. Regular use of tiagabine together with your other anti-epileptic medication should reduce the number of seizures you have.When tiagabine has been used for conditions other than epilepsy, serious reactions (including seizures in people who have never had them) have occurred. Therefore, the manufacturer recommends this drug only for the treatment of epilepsy.

HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking this medication and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication by mouth with food, usually 2 to 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. When you start this medication, your dosage will be increased slowly by your doctor to reduce side effects. Therefore, only one dose a day is usually taken during the first week. Follow your doctor's instructions exactly.Tiagabine is not usually used by itself. Do not stop your other anti-seizure medication unless your doctor tells you to do so.Dosage is based on your medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain other seizure medications (see Drug Interactions section).Use 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 stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is abruptly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.If you stop taking this medication for several days, you may need to increase your dose slowly back to your previous dosage. Talk with your doctor about how to restart the medication.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after you have reached your full dose.

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