What is Potiga?Potiga is a medicine used with other medications to treat partial-onset seizures.
What is the most important information I should know about Potiga?Do not stop Potiga without first talking to your doctor. Stopping Potiga suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping Potiga suddenly can cause you to have more seizures more often.
Potiga can make it hard for you to urinate and may cause you to be unable to urinate. Contact your doctor immediately if you are unable to start urinating, have trouble emptying your bladder, have a weak urine stream, or have pain with urination.
Potiga can cause suicidal thoughts or actions. Tell your doctor immediately if you have thoughts about suicide or dying; attempt to commit suicide; have new or worse depression, anxiety, or irritability; have panic attacks; have trouble sleeping (insomnia); have an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania); are feeling agitated or restless; acting aggressive; being angry or violent; acting on dangerous impulses; or have other unusual changes in behavior or mood.
Who should not take Potiga?Do not take Potiga if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Potiga?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Potiga. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney or liver problems, an enlarged prostate, trouble urinating, depression, mood problems, suicidal thoughts or behavior, heart problems (including a condition called long QT syndrome), low blood potassium or magnesium levels, if you drink alcohol, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
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: The recommended starting dose is 100 milligrams (mg) three times a day for 1 week. Your doctor will increase your dose as needed, until the desired effect is achieved.
How should I take Potiga?Take Potiga exactly as prescribed by your doctor with or without food. Swallow Potiga tablets whole. Do not break, crush, dissolve, or chew the tablets before swallowing. Do not stop taking this medication abruptly without first talking to your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking Potiga?Do not drive, operate machinery, or engage in dangerous activities until you know how Potiga affects you. Potiga can cause dizziness, sleepiness, double-vision, and blurred vision.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Potiga?If Potiga 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 Potiga with the following: alcohol, digoxin, carbamazepine, or phenytoin.
What are the possible side effects of Potiga?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: blurred or double vision, changes in your heart rhythm, confusion, dizziness, drowsiness, imbalance, memory problems, sleepiness, spinning sensation, tiredness, tremor, trouble concentrating, weakness
Can I receive Potiga if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Potiga 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 Potiga?If you miss a dose of Potiga, 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 Potiga?Store at room temperature.