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What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • itraconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • medicines for depression, mental problems or psychiatric disturbances
  • prescription pain medicines
  • some medicines for seizures like carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. Your body can become dependent on this medicine. Ask your doctor or health care professional if you still need to take it.

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

Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your doctor or health care professional for advice. Some ingredients can increase possible side effects.

The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.

Women who become pregnant while using this medicine may enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by calling 1- 888- 233- 2334. This registry collects information about the safety of antiepileptic drug use during pregnancy.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • confusion
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • mood changes, depression, excitability or aggressive behavior
  • movement difficulty, staggering or jerky movements
  • muscle cramps
  • restlessness
  • tremors
  • unusually weak or tired

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

  • changes in vision
  • dizziness, drowsiness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness, a hangover effect
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • stomach upset

               
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