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This medicine is used to control seizures in certain types of epilepsy
               



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What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. It may be 2 to 3 weeks before you see the full effects of this medicine. Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine, you may increase the risk of seizures. Your doctor or health care professional may want to gradually reduce the dose. Wear a medical identification bracelet or chain to say you have epilepsy, and carry a card that lists all your medications.

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. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

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
  • blurred, double vision, or uncontrollable rolling or movements of the eyes
  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth
  • shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • unusual excitement or restlessness, more likely in children and the elderly
  • unusually weak or tired
  • worsening of mood, thoughts or actions of suicide or dying

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

  • clumsiness, unsteadiness, or a hang- over effect
  • decreased sexual ability
  • dizziness, drowsiness
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting

               
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