Felbatol

Generic Name: Felbamate

  • What is Felbatol?

    Felbatol is a medication used to treat certain types of seizures.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Felbatol?

    Felbatol can cause a type of anemia called aplastic anemia. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop weakness, fatigue, or a tendency to easily bruise or bleed.

    Felbatol can also produce fatal liver damage. Warning signs of a liver problem include dark urine, loss of appetite, stomach upset, and yellow skin or eyes. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of these symptoms.

    You should discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

    Felbatol can increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop depression, your depression worsens, suicidal thoughts or behavior occur, or if you have unusual changes in mood or behavior.

  • Who should not take Felbatol?

    Do not take Felbatol if you have a blood abnormality, liver problems, or allergic reactions to it.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Felbatol?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Felbatol. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver disease or a history of blood abnormalities or kidney problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥14 years: The usual starting dose is 1,200 milligrams (mg) a day divided into smaller doses and taken three to four times daily. Your doctor may increase your dose as appropriate.

    Children 2-14 years: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their body weight.

  • How should I take Felbatol?

    Take Felbatol exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not stop Felbatol suddenly. This could increase the frequency of your seizures.

    If you are taking Felbatol liquid, shake well before using. You can take Felbatol tablets with or without food.

  • What should I avoid while taking Felbatol?

    Do not stop taking Felbatol even if you feel better. Continue taking Felbatol to prevent seizures from recurring.

    Avoid prolonged exposure to sunlight because Felbatol may increase the sensitivity of the skin to sunlight.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Felbatol?

    If Felbatol is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Felbatol with the following: carbamazepine, phenobarbital, or phenytoin.

  • What are the possible side effects of Felbatol?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: anxiety, constipation, diarrhea, fatigue, headache, inability to fall or stay asleep, loss of appetite, nausea, sinus inflammation, upper respiratory tract infection, upset stomach, vomiting

  • Can I receive Felbatol if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Felbatol during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Felbatol?

    If you miss a dose of Felbatol, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Felbatol?

    Store at room temperature.