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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Vimpat

Generic Name: lacosamide (Pronunciation: la KOE sa mide)

What is lacosamide (Vimpat)?

Lacosamide is an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant.

Lacosamide is used together with other medications to treat partial-onset seizures in people with epilepsy who are at least 17 years old.

Lacosamide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Vimpat 100 mg

oblong, yellow, imprinted with SP, 100

Vimpat 50 mg

oblong, pink, imprinted with SP, 50

What are the possible side effects of lacosamide (Vimpat)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Stop using lacosamide and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • double vision;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest;
  • feeling short of breath;
  • fever, skin rash, swollen glands, flu symptoms;
  • bruising, severe tingling, numbness, pain, muscle weakness;
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes); or
  • lower back pain, cloudy or bloody urine, swelling, rapid weight gain, urinating less than usual.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dizziness, spinning sensation;
  • loss of balance or coordination;
  • blurred vision;
  • nausea, vomiting;
  • drowsiness, tired feeling; or
  • headache.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1 800 FDA 1088.

What is the most important information I should know about lacosamide (Vimpat)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to lacosamide.

Before you take lacosamide, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, liver disease, nerve problems caused by diabetes, or a serious heart condition such as "sick sinus syndrome" or "AV block" (unless you have a pacemaker), heart failure, or other severe heart disorder.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Lacosamide is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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