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Info about Gabitril

Brand Name(s): Gabitril

Generic Name Tiagabine

What are tiagabine tablets?

TIAGABINE (Gabitril®) can help to control partial seizures (convulsions) in people with epilepsy. Generic tiagabine tablets are not yet available.

What should my health care professional know before I take tiagabine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an alcohol abuse problem
  • liver disease
  • any unusual or allergic reaction to tiagabine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I take this medicine?

Take tiagabine tablets by mouth. Tiagabine tablets should be taken with food. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Swallow the tablets with a drink of water. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What drug(s) may interact with tiagabine?

  • alcohol
  • carbamazepine
  • medicines used for anxiety or to relax muscles (example: diazepam)
  • phenobarbital
  • phenytoin
  • valproic acid

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.

What side effects may I notice from taking tiagabine?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • confusion
  • depression
  • difficulty remembering things
  • difficulty speaking
  • difficulty with movements or with walking
  • tingling of the hands or feet
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • seizures (convulsions), whether new or a change in previous seizure pattern
  • skin rash or itching
  • sore throat or pain on swallowing
  • vomiting
  • weakness

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • diarrhea
  • difficulty concentrating
  • difficulty sleeping
  • dizziness, drowsiness
  • nausea
  • nervousness
  • skin rash, itching
  • stomach upset, indigestion
  • tremor

What should I watch for while taking tiagabine?

Visit your prescriber or health care professional for a regular check on your progress. Do not stop taking tiagabine suddenly. This increases the risk of seizures. Wear a Medic Alert bracelet or necklace. Carry an identification card with information about your condition, medications, and prescriber or health care professional.

You may get drowsy or dizzy when you first start taking this medicine. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how tiagabine affects you. To reduce dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can increase drowsiness and dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

If you are going to have surgery, tell your prescriber or health care professional that you are taking tiagabine.

Where can I keep my medicine?

Keep out of reach of children in a container that small children cannot open.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 °C (68 and 77 °F). Protect from light or moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

(Note: The above information is not intended to replace the advice of your physician, pharmacist, or other healthcare professional. It is not meant to indicate that the use of the product is safe, appropriate, or effective for you.)

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