Information about Lacosamide

Lacosamide Uses

Lacosamide is used in the treatment of epilepsy/seizures.

How Lacosamide works

Lacosamide is an antiepileptic medication. It slowly inactivates the sodium gated channels, which decreases the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain. Thereby, it controls seizures or fits.

Common side effects of Lacosamide

Blurred vision, Dizziness, Double vision, Headache, Nausea
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Available Medicine for Lacosamide

LacosamTorrent Pharmaceuticals Ltd
76 to ₹50510 variant(s)
LacosetSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
84 to ₹2515 variant(s)
LacotideIntas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
75 to ₹2355 variant(s)
SeizgardUCB India Pvt Ltd
174 to ₹6984 variant(s)
LaconextLupin Ltd
72 to ₹2517 variant(s)
SizlacAlkem Laboratories Ltd
85 to ₹2125 variant(s)
71 to ₹2295 variant(s)
JoseizLa Renon Healthcare Pvt Ltd
61 to ₹1142 variant(s)
LacosureSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
47 to ₹852 variant(s)
LacoptalIcon Life Sciences
75 to ₹2144 variant(s)

Expert advice for Lacosamide

  • Take your medication regularly as directed by your doctor as missing doses can trigger seizures.
  • Do not change the brand of your medicine and make sure that you have sufficient amount of medicine present with you.
  • Some healthy tips to prevent seizures:
    • Practice yoga every day.
    • Get enough sleep at nighttime.
    • Limit the use of screen time such as mobile/laptop.
    • Take your medication on time.
  • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • Talk to your doctor if you notice sudden mood changes or develop suicidal thoughts.
  • Talk to your doctor if you have a heart problem that affects your heartbeat.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.

Frequently asked questions for Lacosamide


Q. I have been taking Lacosamide since nine months and haven’t had any seizures till now. Can I stop taking it now?

No, you should not stop taking Lacosamide even if you start feeling better. Stopping this medicine suddenly may lead to seizures which can be difficult to control. Consult your doctor if you experience any problems while being on treatment with Lacosamide. The doctor may adjust the dose or gradually reduce the dose.

Q. Is it safe to drive if I am taking Lacosamide?

No, you need to be careful while driving or operating heavy machinery until and unless you know how Lacosamide affects you. You may experience dizziness or drowsiness and blurred vision, especially during the initial days of treatment. These side effects can also be observed if the dose is increased.

Q. What should I do if I forget a dose of Lacosamide?

If you miss a dose of Lacosamide within 6 hours of the scheduled time, take it as soon as you remember. However, if you have forgotten to take the dose for more than 6 hours of the scheduled time then skip the dose and take the next one as scheduled. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed dose.

Q. Is Lacosamide a habit-forming medicine?

No, Lacosamide is not habit forming. There are no reports which suggest occurrence of withdrawal symptoms following its discontinuation. Lacosamide may cause euphoria (patients may feel extremely happy and overwhelmed) in some individuals who may then take it merely for fun (drug abuse). It is possible that such individuals may become psychologically dependent on this medicine.

Q. Does Lacosamide have any effect on fertility?

Lacosamide has not been reported to affect fertility in males or females. However, if you are concerned, consult the doctor.

Q. Can I take Lacosamide if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

Though no potential side effects have been reported with the use of Lacosamide during pregnancy and breastfeeding, it is best to avoid Lacosamide during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Q. For how long do I need to continue Lacosamide?

Lacosamide is generally prescribed for long-term use. Keep taking the medicine as advised by your doctor’s advice. However, if you experience any bothersome side effects, talk to your doctor.

Q. What if somebody takes excess of Lacosamide?

Excess of Lacosamide may cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting, seizures, shock, heart problems and even coma. If such a situation arises, seek emergency medical support in a nearby hospital.

Q. Is it safe to take Lacosamide if I am on Ritonavir therapy?

Be cautious if you are taking Lacosamide while on Ritonavir therapy. It is advised to inform your doctor before starting Lacosamide. This is because if you are taking Ritonavir for liver or kidney problems then the dose of Lacosamide should be modified or reduced.


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