Tiagabine is used together with other medicines to treat epilepsy (also known as seizures or fits).
Take Tiagabine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
Take Tiagabine with food. Take it with plenty of water. Try to take it at the same time each day.
Tiagabine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue to take it even when you feel better. Do not stop taking Tiagabine unless instructed otherwise as stopping it suddenly may worsen your condition. Your doctor will gradually reduce the dose before stopping it or changing it to another medicine.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
Alert your doctor if you have liver disease as Tiagabine may not be suitable for you.
Do not give Tiagabine to children below 12 years old unless instructed to do so by the doctor.
Inform your doctor if you have depression or a history of behavioural problems.
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Tiagabine may cause dizziness, tiredness and drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects include any of the following: weakness, nervousness, difficulty controlling movements such as unsteadiness in walking, tremors, muscle twitching, irritability, diarrhoea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting. It may also affect your concentration and speech.
Let your doctor know if you experience:
- confusion and hallucinations (seeing, hearing or feeling things that are not existent)
- unusual changes in mood or behaviour (being too depressed, agitated or having thoughts of self-harm)
- unusual bruising
- rashes with skin peeling or blisters
- changes in your eyesight e.g. loss of usual visual field
- worsening fits
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking other epilepsy medicines e.g. carbamazepine, phenytoin or phenobarbitone.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicine, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.