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Tiagabine

Why is this medication prescribed?

Tiagabine is used in combination with other medications to treat and control partial seizures in adults with epilepsy.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Tiagabine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. It usually is taken two to four times a day. You should take tiagabine with food. For the first week of therapy you will only take tiagabine once a day; your doctor will slowly increase your dose. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take tiagabine exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Continue to take tiagabine even if you feel well. Do not stop taking tiagabine without talking to your doctor, especially if you have taken large doses for a long time. Abruptly stopping the drug can cause seizures. Your doctor will probably decrease your dose gradually.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking tiagabine,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to tiagabine or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially carbamazepine (Tegretol); cimetidine (Tagamet); phenobarbital; phenytoin (Dilantin); primidone (Mysoline); valproic acid (Depakote, Depakene); medications that make you drowsy, such as cough, cold, and allergy products; and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking tiagabine, call your doctor immediately.
  • if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are taking tiagabine.
  • you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug will affect you. This is especially important during the first 3-5 days of therapy and when your dose is increased.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Although side effects from tiagabine are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • dizziness
  • fatigue
  • depression
  • confusion
  • impaired concentration
  • speech or language problems
  • lack of energy
  • weakness
  • upset stomach
  • nervousness
  • tremor
  • stomach pain

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • rash
  • change in vision
  • seizures following one after another without a break

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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