Tiagabine - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Tiagabine is used together with other medicines to treat epilepsy (also known as seizures or fits).
How do I take this medicine?
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.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this 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.
When should I not use this medicine?
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.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have depression or a history of behavioural problems.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What side effects could I experience?
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.
Can I take this with other medicines?
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.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on tiagabine - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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