Tiagabine for Epilepsy
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How It Works
Tiagabine increases the brain levels of a chemical messenger (neurotransmitter) called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which may prevent abnormal electrical activity in brain cells.
Why It Is Used
Tiagabine is used in combination with other antiepileptic medicines in adults and children older than 12 years to control partial seizures.
How Well It Works
When added to treatment with another antiepileptic drug, tiagabine can be effective in reducing partial seizures.1
Common side effects of tiagabine include:
- Inability to concentrate.
FDA Advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an advisory on antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and the risk of suicide. Talk to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide in adults and in children and teens.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
It may take time and careful, controlled adjustments by you and your doctor to find the combination, schedule, and dosing of medicine to best manage your epilepsy. The goal is to prevent seizures while causing as few side effects as possible. After you and your doctor figure out the medicine program that works best for you, make sure to follow your program exactly as prescribed.
- Drug interactions. Many medicines for epilepsy can interact with other medicines you may be taking. This means that your epilepsy medicine may not work as well, or it may affect the way another medicine you are taking works. Some of these interactions can be dangerous. Make sure to tell your doctor about all the medicines, herbal pills, and dietary supplements you are taking.
- Risk of birth defects. All medicines for epilepsy have some risk of birth defects. But the risk of birth defects needs to be carefully compared to other risks to the baby if the mother stops taking her epilepsy medicine. If you are thinking about becoming pregnant, be sure to plan ahead and talk with your doctor about the benefits and risks of taking epilepsy medicine during your pregnancy. It you are already pregnant, it is not too late. The best thing to do is talk to your doctor about your pregnancy before you make any changes to the medicines you are taking.
- Other concerns. For some people, tiagabine may cause side effects or carry risks that are not yet fully known. Report any unexpected side effects or problems to your doctor.
Last Revised: August 28, 2013
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