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What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking lacosamide (Vimpat)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to lacosamide.
To make sure you can safely take lacosamide, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
The liquid form may contain phenylalanine. Talk to your doctor before using this form of lacosamide if you have phenylketonuria (PKU).
You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several months of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.
Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check your progress on a regular basis. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether lacosamide will harm an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both mother and baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication. Follow your doctor's instructions about taking lacosamide while you are pregnant.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of lacosamide on the baby.
It is not known whether lacosamide passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 17 years old.
How should I take lacosamide (Vimpat)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results. You may also need to use an IV injection form of lacosamide for a short time.
Lacosamide can be taken with or without food.
Measure liquid medicine with a special dose measuring spoon or medicine cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Do not stop using lacosamide without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using lacosamide suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Contact your doctor if your seizures get worse or you have them more often while taking lacosamide.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you have epilepsy. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.
Use lacosamide regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze the liquid form of lacosamide.
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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