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It is not known exactly how felbamate
Felbamate may be used to prevent
partial seizures in adults and children. But it
has some very serious side effects.
Felbamate controls partial seizures
in adults very well. In children with
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, felbamate may reduce seizure
Common side effects of felbamate
Felbamate can cause serious liver and bone marrow problems. Watch for early signs of liver, bone marrow, or blood problems, such as easy bruising, a change
in skin color, prolonged bleeding, fatigue, fever, change in stool color, or a change in the color of the whites
of the eyes.
FDA Advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
issued an advisory on antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and the risk of suicide. Talk
to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide in adults and in children and teens.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects.
(Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
It may take
time and careful, controlled adjustments by you and your doctor to find the
combination, schedule, and dosing of medicine to best manage your epilepsy. The
goal is to prevent seizures while causing as few side effects as
you and your doctor figure out the medicine program that works best for you, make sure you follow your program exactly as prescribed.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
Drugs for epilepsy (2008). Treatment Guidelines From The Medical Letter, 6(70): 37–46.
August 28, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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