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MEDICATIONS




GABITRIL (Tiagabine)



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Gabitril is an antiepileptic drug used for treating simple partial, complex partial and generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Gabitril has been approved to be given in combination with other antiepilepsy drugs.

What side effects can be caused by Gabitril?



Just like other drugs, Gabitril can cause side effects. If you experience any side effects that are bothersome, 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.

The most common side effects that are experienced are:



  1. Dizziness (lightheadedness)
  2. Lack of energy
  3. Drowsiness
  4. Nausea
  5. Nervousness (irritability)
  6. Tremor
  7. Abdominal pain
  8. Difficulty concentrating
  9. Insomnia
  10. Unsteadiness
  11. Confusion
  12. Diarrhea
Women who plan to have children should consult with their doctor about the possible effects on the fetus.

How should I take my medication?



Gabitril should be taken with food. It is important that you take the total daily dose of Gabitril. Gabitril is normally taken 2-3 times per day. A convenient dosing would be at breakfast and at bedtime or at breakfast lunch and dinner. 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, take it as soon as you remember. Then spread the rest of the doses out throughout the rest of the day. If you wake up and realize that you forgot your dose of Gabitril the night before, do not make up the forgotten dose. Continue your regular medication schedule that day and take your morning dose just as soon as you remember. It is important that you do not run out of medication. Always have at least one weeks supply of medication on hand. You or your pharmacy may call your doctor's office in order to obtain refills.

Can I take Gabitril with food or other medications?



Gabitril should be taken with food and can be taken at the same time as other medications.

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