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Gabitril

Name of the generic: tiagabine”tiagabine tye-AG’-a-been Tiagabine [tye-AGa-been]
The class of drugs: Gamma-aminobutyric acid reuptake inhibitors

What is Gabitril?

Gabitril can be described as an antiepileptic drug. Also known as an anticonvulsant.Gabitril is often used in conjunction with other drugs in order to manage the symptoms of partial seizures in children and adults who are at least 12 years old.Gabitril is also used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline.

Side effects of Gabitril

Seek medical attention immediately in the event that you exhibit symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as itching, fever, swollen glands, painful sores in the area around your eyes or mouth, breathing difficulty, and swelling of your lips, face, and throat.

New seizures have been reported in a few people who aren't epileptic but take medications that treat seizures in a partial manner. Contact your doctor immediately if you are experiencing recent or more severe seizures.If you notice any symptoms that are becoming worse or more severe, tell your physician, for example, changes in your mood or behavior, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you are feeling angry, irritable, impulsive, or aggressive. active, restless (mentally as well as physically), or more depressed, or are contemplating suicide or harming yourself.Gabitril may cause serious side effects.Contact your physician immediately in the following cases:

  • Insomnia, extreme weakness;
  • A feeling of lightheadedness, as if you're passing out;
  • Issues with vision or
  • Extreme skin reaction, fever, sore throat, swelling of your tongue or face, burning in your eyes, pain in your skin, and the appearance of a purple or red skin rash that spreads (especially on the face or the upper body) and can cause blisters and peeling.

Common adverse effects of Gabitril could include:

  • Fatigue, lack of energy;
  • Dizziness, drowsiness;
  • Nausea, stomach pain;
  • Being anxious or nervous;
  • Shaking
  • Difficulty in focusing.

This list does not cover all possible side effects; others could occur. Please consult your physician regarding medical effects and report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar or related drugs

Sympazan, gabapentin, Clonazepam, pregabalin, lamotrigine, Lyrica, and diazepam

Cautions

Contact your doctor immediately in the event of an increase or worsening of seizures.Don't stop using Gabitril immediately. A sudden stop could cause increased seizures.

Prior to using this drug

Gabitril should not be used if you have an allergy to it.Discuss with your doctor all the other seizure medications that you are taking. The most effective dosage of tiagabine will depend on the other medications you use with it.New seizures have been reported in certain individuals who aren't epileptic and are taking medication to treat partial seizures.

To be sure Gabitril is not harmful to you, inform your doctor whether you suffer from:

  • A confirmatory diagnosis of epilepsy;
  • A history of seizures that didn't end (also referred to as epilepticus status);
  • The liver condition;
  • A history of abnormal brain waves (EEG)
  • A background that includes an underlying depression, mood disorder, or suicidal ideas or behavior.

There are those who contemplate suicide while taking seizure medicines. Your doctor should be able to check your progress regularly. Your family members and other caregivers should be aware of any changes in your symptoms or mood.Follow the instructions of your physician on taking seizure medications when you are pregnant. Don't begin stopping or resuming your treatment with Gabitril without consulting your doctor, and inform your doctor immediately if you find yourself expecting. Gabitril may cause harm to the unborn baby.However, experiencing seizures during gestation can have serious adverse consequences for both mom and baby.The benefits of avoiding seizures could outweigh the risks for the child.If you're pregnant and you are a registered mother, your name could be added to the registry of pregnancy. This will allow you to monitor the results of the pregnancy and assess any negative effects that tiagabine may have on the infant.Tiagabine could be in the breast milk and could harm the nursing infant. Consult your physician if you are breastfeeding the baby.Gabitril shouldn't be given to children younger than 12.

How do I take Gabitril?

Follow the directions on the prescription label. Your doctor may change your dosage to ensure you receive the most effective outcomes. Don't take this medication in greater or lesser quantities or for a longer period than the recommended time.Gabitril is usually prescribed along with other drugs. The dosage of tiagabine could require adjustment in the event that you decide to stop using other seizure medications.Follow your doctor's dosage instructions with care.Take Gabitril along with food.Your doctor should monitor your progress while you're taking Gabitril. To ensure that you're using a safe dose of tiagabine, blood levels may require testing regularly.Utilize Gabitril often to reap the maximum benefit. Make sure you refill your prescription prior to running out of medication completely.Wear tags for medical alerts or have an ID card that states that you are taking Gabitril. Any medical professional who cares for you should be aware that you're taking seizure medications.Do not stop taking Gabitril abruptly, even if you feel good. A sudden stop could trigger increased seizures. Follow the instructions of your physician when increasing your dosage.Keep at room temperature, free of heat, moisture, and light.

What happens if I miss the dose?

Do the dose you missed as soon as you remember. Do not take any missed doses if you are nearing the time for the next dose.Do not take additional medication to make up for missed dosage.Contact your doctor for advice. If you have missed several doses within one day,

What happens if I overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help Line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.The signs of an overdose could include slurred speech, extreme fatigue or drowsiness, muscular stiffness, issues with coordination and confusion, heightened seizures, and feeling irritable or anxious.

Avoid this 

Gabitril could cause blurred vision and could cause problems with your thinking or reactions. Be aware when you drive or do any other activity that requires being attentive and able to clearly see.Consuming alcohol while taking this medication may cause unwanted side effects.

Interaction with other drug

If you take this medicine in conjunction with other medications that cause sleepiness, it could increase the effects. Consult your physician before taking Gabitril together with a sleep pill, an opioid pain medication, a muscle relaxer, or medication for depression, anxiety, or seizures.Inform your doctor about all the medicines you are currently taking and any new medications you begin or stop taking, particularly:

  • Medicine for treating the symptoms of a mental disorder;
  • Diet pills, stimulants, and adhd medications;
  • The narcotic drug
  • Other seizure medicines: carbamazepine, phenytoin, phenobarbital, primidone, and valproate.

This list isn't exhaustive. Other medications can be incompatible with tiagabine, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and herbal products.The interactions of all potential drugs are included in this guideline for medication.