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Felbamate
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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.

 
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Felbamate

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.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.Laboratory and/or medical tests (e.g., complete blood count, kidney/liver tests) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects.
  • Consult your doctor for more details.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 68-77 degrees F (20-25 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Do not store in the bathroom.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • 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, 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).Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: fast/irregular/pounding heartbeat, mental/mood changes (e.g., agitation, depression).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, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before taking felbamate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to meprobamate; or if you have any other allergies.This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions.
  • Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: blood problems (e.g., anemia), liver disease.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease.This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any activity that requires alertness.
  • Avoid alcoholic beverages.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.This medication passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other anti-seizure medications (e.g., phenytoin, valproate).This medication may decrease the effectiveness of combination-type birth control pills.
  • This can result in pregnancy.
  • You may need to use an additional form of reliable birth control while using this medication.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.Also report the use of drugs which might increase seizure risk such as isoniazid (INH), phenothiazines (e.g., thioridazine), theophylline, or tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), among others.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you also take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), medicine for sleep or anxiety (e.g., alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g., chlorpromazine, risperidone, amitriptyline, trazodone).Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients.
  • Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely.

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