Lacosamide Tablet: Uses, Dosage, Side Effects, Composition & More - Zoylo
INFORMATION ABOUT LACOSAMIDE
LACOSAMIDE belongs to a group of medicines called antiepileptic medicines. LACOSAMIDE is used to treat epilepsy. LACOSAMIDE is used in adults, adolescents and children aged 4 years and older.
• Troubles with memory
• Itching, rash
• Double vision
• Sleepiness. In children
• Runny nose
• Sore throat
• Eating less than usual
It is not necessary for all people to experience the above side-effects.
SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR LACOSAMIDE
• Take LACOSAMIDE irrespective of meals. You are advised to take normal diet and avoid high fat (ketogenic) diet while taking LACOSAMIDE.
• Tell your doctor if you are allergic to LACOSAMIDE or any other ingredients in the medicine.
• Avoid taking LACOSAMIDE if you have a certain type of heart beat problem called second - or third -degree AV block.
• Keep your doctor informed about all the ongoing or past drugs that you have taken, for example carbamazepine, itraconazole, ritonavir and St. Johns wort etc.
• LACOSAMIDE is not recommended for children under 4 years of age.
• Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or planning for pregnancy or are a breast-feeding mother.
• Drinking alcohol with LACOSAMIDE is not recommended as it may increase unwanted effects of LACOSAMIDE.
• Driving and operating machines may be dangerous because LACOSAMIDE may cause blurred vision, drowsiness or dizziness. Be careful while performing the actions that need you to be alert.
• Always keep your doctor informed about the ongoing medication or the ones which you have taken in the past, including over-the-counter medicines and herbal medicines.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q) How does LACOSAMIDE work? A) LACOSAMIDE belongs to group of medicines called antiepileptic medicines. LACOSAMIDE works by stabilizing the activity in the brain. Brain and nerves are made up of many nerve cells which communicate with each other through the electrical signals. For proper function of brain and nerves these signals should be carefully regulated and when abnormally rapid and repetitive electrical signals are released in the brain, brains normal function is disturbed. This can result in fits or seizures. LACOSAMIDE works by preventing sodium from entering the nerve cells when they begin to fire rapid and repetitive electrical signals. A build-up of sodium in the nerve cells is necessary for the electrical signal to build up and be passed on. LACOSAMIDE prevents the excessive electrical activity that causes fits or seizures.
Q) What if I take more than the prescribed dose? A) If you take more than the prescribed dose, inform your family members/friends and call your doctor immediately or go to the nearest hospital. Take the medicine strip or bottle with you, even if it is empty or distorted. Do not panic if you experience dizziness, feeling sick (nausea) or being sick, fits (seizures), heart beat problems such a slow, fast or irregular heartbeat, coma or a fall in blood pressure with rapid heartbeat and sweating. Take a family member/friend with you to the hospital. Your doctors will ensure your symptoms to subside.
Q) What if I forget to take LACOSAMIDE? A) If you forget to take LACOSAMIDE, skip that dose and take the regular dose the next time. Do not take the forgotten dose with the prescribed dose. It may cause increase the effect of LACOSAMIDE and cause unwanted side effects.
Q) When can I stop taking LACOSAMIDE? A) Always check with your doctor before stopping the medicine. It is important not to stop taking LACOSAMIDE suddenly. If you stop suddenly, your seizures may return. If this happens, speak to your doctor.