Gabitril

Generic Name: Tiagabine

  • What is Gabitril?

    Gabitril is used in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults and children ≥12 years.

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

    Do not abruptly stop taking Gabitril because of the possibility of increasing seizure frequency. If you are experiencing side effects from Gabitril, talk to your doctor before stopping the medication.

    Gabitril may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. If you experience signs and symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or thoughts of suicide, contact your doctor immediately.

    Gabitril may cause confusion, difficulty concentrating, speech problems, drowsiness, and tiredness. Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects.

    Do not drive or operate heavy machinery until you know how Gabitril will affect you, as Gabitril may cause dizziness and drowsiness.

    Although rare, a very serious and possibly fatal rash may occur with the use of Gabitril. Contact your doctor immediately at the first sign of a rash.

  • Who should not take Gabitril?

    Do not take Gabitril if you are allergic to this drug or any of its ingredients.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Gabitril. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have liver problems, are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, suffer from depression, other mental conditions, or status epilepticus (a prolonged seizure that may be life-threatening).

  • 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.

    Patients Taking Antiepilepsy Drugs (e.g., carbamazepine, phenytoin, primidone, and phenobarbital)

    Adults and adolescents 12-18 years: Gabitril should be initiated at 4 milligrams (mg) once daily. The total daily dose of Gabitril may be increased by your doctor until a response is achieved. The total daily dose should be given in divided doses two to four times daily.

  • How should I take Gabitril?

    Gabitril should be taken after a meal or snack.

  • What should I avoid while taking Gabitril?

    This drug may make you dizzy or drowsy; use caution when engaging in activities requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Avoid alcoholic beverages.

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

    If Gabitril 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 Gabitril with the following: carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, and valproate.

  • What are the possible side effects of Gabitril?

    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: dizziness, lack of energy, drowsiness, nausea, nervousness, tremor, abdominal pain, difficulty concentrating

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

    If you are a woman of childbearing age, be sure to notify your doctor if you become pregnant or intend to become pregnant while taking Gabitril. Also tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

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

    If you miss a dose of Gabitril at your scheduled time, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not take two doses at once.

  • How should I store Gabitril?

    Store at room temperature.

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