Aptiom Side Effects

Generic Name: eslicarbazepine

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of eslicarbazepine. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Aptiom.

Not all side effects for Aptiom may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to eslicarbazepine: oral tablet

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by eslicarbazepine (the active ingredient contained in Aptiom). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking eslicarbazepine:

Less common
  • Confusion
  • decreased urine output
  • dizziness
  • fast or irregular heartbeat
  • fever or chills
  • increased in seizure frequency or severity
  • muscle pain or cramps
  • nausea or vomiting
  • severe thirst
  • shortness of breath
  • swelling of the face, ankles, or hands
  • swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
Incidence not known
  • Abdominal or stomach pain
  • blistering, peeling, or loosening of the skin
  • bloating of the abdomen or stomach
  • changes in behavior
  • discouragement
  • difficulty breathing
  • difficulty swallowing
  • fast heartbeat
  • feeling sad or empty
  • hives, rash, or itching skin
  • joint or muscle pain
  • large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • rapid, shallow breathing
  • red skin lesions, often with a purple center
  • sores, ulcers, or white spots in the mouth or on the lips
  • thoughts or attempts at killing oneself
  • upper right abdominal or stomach pain
  • yellow eyes or skin

Some of the side effects that can occur with eslicarbazepine may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Blurred vision
  • double vision
  • sensation of spinning or constant movement
  • sleepiness
  • unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness
Less common
  • Changes in patterns and rhythms of speech
  • heartburn or indigestion
  • irritability
  • loss of interest or pleasure
  • lower back or side pain
  • shakiness and unsteady walk
  • shakiness in the legs, arms, hands, or feet
  • tingling of the hands or feet
  • trembling or shaking of the hands or feet
  • trouble concentrating
  • unusual weight gain or loss

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to eslicarbazepine: oral tablet

Cardiovascular

Common (1% to 10%): Hypertension (1 to 2%)

Dermatologic

Common (1% to 10%): Rash (1 to 3%)

Gastrointestinal

Very common (10% or more): Nausea (10% to 16%)
Common (1% to 10%): Vomiting (6% to 10%), diarrhea (2% to 4%), constipation (2%), abdominal pain (2%), gastritis (less than 1% to 2%)

Genitourinary

Common (1% to 10%): Urinary tract infections (2%)

Hematologic

Frequency not reported: Decreases in hemoglobin and hematocrit, increases in total cholesterol, triglycerides, and LDL, and increases in creatine phosphokinase

Metabolic

Common (1% to 10%): Hyponatremia (2%), peripheral edema (1 to 2%)

Musculoskeletal

Common (1% to 10%): Falls (1 to 3%), asthenia (2 to 3%)

Nervous system

Very common (10% or more): Dizziness (20% to 28%), somnolence (11% to 18%), headache (13% to 15%)
Common (1% to 10%): Fatigue (4% to 7%), ataxia (4% to 6%), vertigo (2% to 6%), balance disorder (3%), tremor (2% to 4%), dysarthria (1% to 2%), memory impairment (1% to 2%), nystagmus (1% to 2%), gait disturbance (2%)

Ocular

Very common (10% or more): Diplopia (9 to 11%)
Common (1% to 10%): Blurred vision (5 to 6%), visual impairment (1 to 2%)

Psychiatric

Common (1% to 10%): Depression (1 to 3%), insomnia (2%)

Respiratory

Common (1% to 10%): Cough (1 to 2%)

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