Generic Name: Tiagabine (tye AG a been)
Brand Name: Gabitril
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 13, 2020.
Uses of Tiagabine:
- It is used to treat seizures.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Tiagabine?
- If you have an allergy to tiagabine or any other part of tiagabine.
- If you are allergic to tiagabine; any part of tiagabine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
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 tiagabine 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 Tiagabine?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take tiagabine. 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 tiagabine affects you.
- Do not stop taking tiagabine 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.
- Have blood work checked as you have been told by the doctor. Talk with the doctor.
- Have an eye exam as you have been told by your doctor.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- This medicine may cause seizures in people who do not have a seizure disorder. This medicine is only approved to treat certain types of seizures. Call your doctor right away if you have a seizure and you are not taking tiagabine for a seizure disorder.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using tiagabine while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Tiagabine) best taken?
Use tiagabine as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take tiagabine with food.
- Do not change the dose or stop tiagabine. This could cause seizures. Talk with your doctor.
- Keep taking tiagabine 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.
- If you miss 2 doses, call your doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
- If seizures are worse or not the same after starting tiagabine.
- Change in balance.
- Feeling confused.
- Change in eyesight or in the way you see color.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Feeling very sleepy.
- Not able to focus.
- Trouble speaking.
- Trouble walking.
- Patients who take tiagabine may be at a greater risk of having thoughts or actions of suicide. The risk may be greater in people who have had these thoughts or actions in the past. Call the doctor right away if signs like low mood (depression), nervousness, restlessness, grouchiness, panic attacks, or changes in mood or actions are new or worse. Call the doctor right away if any thoughts or actions of suicide occur.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
What are some other side effects of Tiagabine?
- Feeling sleepy.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Belly pain.
- Not able to sleep.
- Throat irritation.
- Flu-like signs.
- Muscle pain.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
How do I store and/or throw out Tiagabine?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- 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.
Consumer information use
- 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 tiagabine is refilled. If you have any questions about tiagabine, please talk with the doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
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Other brands: Gabitril