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felbamate

Pronunciation:fel BAM ate
Brand:Felbatol

Felbatol 400 mg

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Felbatol 600 mg

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What is the most important information I should know about felbamate?

emtFelbamate can cause a decrease in many types of blood cells (white cells, red cells, platelets). Call your doctor at once if you have any unusual bleeding, weakness, or any signs of infection, even if these symptoms first occur after you have been using the medication for several months.

Felbamate may also cause liver damage. Call your doctor if you have symptoms such as loss of appetite, stomach pain, or jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

donotDo not stop taking felbamate without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel better. You may have increased seizures if you stop taking felbamate suddenly. You will need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Contact your doctor if your seizures get worse or you have them more often while taking felbamate.

emtCarry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you are taking felbamate, in case of emergency. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know that you are taking a seizure medication.

What is felbamate?

Felbamate is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant.

Felbamate is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat seizures in adults with epilepsy. Felbamate is also used to treat children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, a severe form of childhood epilepsy that also causes developmental and behavior problems.

Felbamate is usually given after other seizure medications have been tried without successful treatment of symptoms.

Felbamate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking felbamate?

Felbamate can cause serious side effects and is usually given only to people with severe epilepsy when the need for seizure control outweighs the risk of side effects. You may be asked to sign a consent form after you and your doctor have discussed the risks and benefits of taking felbamate.

donotYou should not use this medication if you are allergic to felbamate, or if you have liver disease or a history of blood cell disorders such as anemia.

If you have kidney disease, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely take felbamate.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several months of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.

Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

nopregFDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether felbamate is harmful to an unborn baby. Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
nobrfeedFelbamate can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take felbamate?

Take this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not take the medication in larger amounts, or take it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

If you are switching to felbamate from another anticonvulsant medication, carefully follow your doctor's instructions about timing and dosage when switching from one drug to another. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose over several weeks or months to make sure you get the best results from this medication.

shakeShake the liquid form of felbamate well before measuring a dose. To ensure that you measure a correct dose, measure the suspension with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular tablespoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
emtFelbamate can cause a decrease in many types of blood cells (white cells, red cells, platelets). This can make it easier for you to bleed from an injury or get sick from being around others who are ill. Call your doctor at once if you have any unusual bleeding, weakness, or any signs of infection, including flu-like symptoms. These symptoms may first develop even after you have been using the medication for several months.

To be sure your blood cells do not get too low, your blood may need to be tested on a regular basis while taking felbamate. Your liver function may also need to be tested. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

donotDo not stop taking felbamate without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel better. You may have increased seizures if you stop taking felbamate suddenly. You will need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Contact your doctor if your seizures get worse or you have them more often while taking felbamate.

emtCarry an ID card or wear a medical alert bracelet stating that you are taking felbamate, in case of emergency. Any doctor, dentist, or emergency medical care provider who treats you should know that you are taking a seizure medication.

It is important to use felbamate regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.

rtStore felbamate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

emtSeek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

Overdose symptoms may include fast heart rate, upset stomach, or unusual thoughts or behaviors.

What should I avoid while taking felbamate?

dizzyFelbamate can cause side effects that may impair your vision or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert and able to see clearly.

What are the possible side effects of felbamate?

emtGet emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; fever; swollen glands; painful sores in or around your eyes or mouth; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any new or worsening symptoms such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, or if you feel agitated, hostile, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

emtCall your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  • pale skin, weakness, easy bruising or bleeding (nosebleeds, bleeding gums);
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats, feeling short of breath;
  • nausea, stomach pain, low fever, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes);
  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • loss of balance or coordination; or
  • worsening of seizures.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness, nervousness, tired feeling;
  • headache;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • changes in weight or appetite;
  • acne, mild itching or skin rash;
  • diarrhea, constipation, vomiting;
  • runny or stuffy nose;
  • blurred vision; or
  • changes in your sense of taste.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect felbamate?

Before taking felbamate, tell your doctor about all other seizure medications you use, especially:

  • carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol);
  • clopidogrel (Plavix);
  • divalproex (Depakote);
  • oxcarbazepine (Trileptal);
  • phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton);
  • phenytoin (Dilantin); or
  • valproic acid (Depakene).

This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with felbamate. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about felbamate.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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