Generic name: Felbamate Tablets [ FEL-ba-mate ]
Brand name: Felbatol
Drug class: Carbamate anticonvulsants
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 15, 2023.
- A severe and sometimes deadly blood problem called aplastic anemia has happened with this medicine (felbamate tablets). This blood problem can happen at any time to anyone taking this medicine (felbamate tablets). Signs of this blood problem may not show for a few months of taking this medicine (felbamate tablets). If you stop taking this medicine (felbamate tablets), the chance of anemia may still be greater for some time. Call your doctor right away if you have any fever, sore throat, mouth sores, infections, easy bruising, or purple "splotches" on your skin.
- Liver problems have happened with this medicine (felbamate tablets). Sometimes, this has been severe and has led to a liver transplant or death. If you have questions, talk with the doctor.
- Call your doctor right away if you have signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- This medicine is not for use in people who have ever had liver problems. Talk with the doctor.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
Uses of Felbamate Tablets:
- It is used to treat seizures.
- You must be given info and sign a consent form to use this medicine (felbamate tablets).
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Felbamate Tablets?
- If you have an allergy to felbamate or any other part of this medicine (felbamate tablets).
- If you are allergic to this medicine (felbamate tablets); any part of this medicine (felbamate tablets); or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you have ever had any of these health problems: Blood problems or liver disease.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this medicine (felbamate tablets).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine (felbamate tablets) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Felbamate Tablets?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this medicine (felbamate tablets). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this medicine (felbamate tablets) affects you.
- Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
- Do not stop taking this medicine (felbamate tablets) all of a sudden without calling your doctor. You may have a greater risk of seizures. If you need to stop this drug, you will want to slowly stop it as ordered by your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- If you are 65 or older, use this medicine (felbamate tablets) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control also like a condom when taking this medicine (felbamate tablets).
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
How is this medicine (Felbamate Tablets) best taken?
Use this medicine (felbamate tablets) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Do not change the dose or stop this medicine (felbamate tablets). This could cause seizures. Talk with your doctor.
- Keep taking this medicine (felbamate tablets) as you have been told by your doctor or other health care provider, even if you feel well.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of infection like fever, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, or wound that will not heal.
- Feeling confused.
- Change in balance.
- If seizures are worse or not the same after starting this medicine (felbamate tablets).
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- Change in eyesight.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Like other drugs that may be used for seizures, this medicine (felbamate tablets) may rarely raise the risk of suicidal thoughts or actions. The risk may be higher in people who have had suicidal thoughts or actions in the past. Call the doctor right away about any new or worse signs like depression; feeling nervous, restless, or grouchy; panic attacks; or other changes in mood or behavior. Call the doctor right away if any suicidal thoughts or actions occur.
What are some other side effects of Felbamate Tablets?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling dizzy, sleepy, tired, or weak.
- Constipation, diarrhea, stomach pain, upset stomach, throwing up, or feeling less hungry.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Signs of a common cold.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Change in taste.
- Weight loss.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Felbamate Tablets?
- Store at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient fact sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it with care. Read it again each time this medicine (felbamate tablets) is refilled. If you have any questions about this medicine (felbamate tablets), please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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