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MEDICATIONS




FELBATOL (Felbamate)



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Felbamate is an antiepileptic drug used to treat seizures. Felbamate is effective in reducing the number and severity of partial, and secondarily generalized tonic/clonic seizures in adults and for children with seizures caused by the Lennox Gastaut syndrome. Felbamate can be taken as a single drug therapy.

What side effects can be caused by Felbamate?



Just like other drugs, felbamate can cause side effects. If you experience any side effects please report them to your doctor. (There is a risk of serious side effects, including death, with all medications that are used to treat seizures. However, this risk is exceedingly small.)

Common Side Effects



  1. Decreased appetite resulting in weight loss
  2. Insomnia (difficulty sleeping)
  3. Nausea
  4. Vomiting
  5. Headache
  6. Burping
  7. Constipation
  8. Abdominal pain
  9. Change in taste
  10. Nervousness
  11. Depression or mood swings

Rare but Serious Side Effects



  1. Skin rash
  2. Unusual bleeding or bruising
  3. Sore throat
  4. Fever
Women who plan to have children should consult with their doctor about the possible effects on the fetus.

How should I take my medicine?



It is important that you take the total daily dose of felbamate. Felbamate is normally taken three times a day. A convenient dosing is breakfast, lunch, and dinner. If you have difficulty in falling asleep, contact your doctor to readjust the dosage of your felbamate. Do not stop this medication without the advice of your doctor. Doing so may result in an increase in seizures.

What should I do if I miss a dose?



Try to take the correct total dose each day. If you forget to take a dose early in the day, take it as soon as you remember, then spread the rest of your doses out throughout the rest of the day. If you wake up and realize you forgot the dose of felbamate the night before, continue your regular medication schedule that day and take your morning doses as soon as you remember. DO NOT make up the medicine from the day before. It is important that you not run out of medication. Always have at least one week's supply of medication on hand. You or your pharmacist may call your doctor's office in order to obtain refills.

Can I take Felbamate with food or other medications?



Yes, felbamate can be taken with meals. Felbamate interacts with many other medications. For example, if you are taking Dilantin, Tegretol, Depakene or Depakote (phenytoin, carbamazepine, valproic acid or divalproex sodium), felbamate will increase the blood levels of these medications. Felbamate may also increase the blood levels of many other medications including Coumadin. Prior to beginning any other medication, please contact your doctor.

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