Vigabatrin - oral

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Vigabatrin is used together with other medicines to treat epilepsy (also known as fits or seizures).
How do I take this medicine?
Take Vigabatrin 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.

You may take Vigabatrin with or without food. Take it with plenty of water.

Vigabatrin is available as sachets or tablets.

If you are using the sachet, dissolve the contents in 10mL of water, fruit juice, infant formula or milk before taking. Drink the solution immediately after you dissolve it.

Vigabatrin must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking Vigabatrin even when you feel better. Vigabatrin is not a cure and you may need to take it long-term to keep your seizures under control. Do not stop taking Vigabatrin unless instructed otherwise as stopping it suddenly may worsen your condition.
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.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:

- kidney disease
- eyesight problems or eye disorders
- history of mood disorders or mental illness

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

For as long as you are being treated with Vigabatrin, you will need to have your eyes checked regularly. Your doctor will advise you about how often you need to have these tests.
What side effects could I experience?
Vigabatrin 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: headache, tremors, weight gain, nausea, constipation, stomach pain, irritability, restlessness, nervousness, lack of attention and coordination, memory disturbances and swelling, numbness or tingling sensation in the hands and feet.

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)
- any changes or abnormalities in your eyesight e.g. visual field changes, blurred or double vision

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 vigabatrin - 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 © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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