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    Lacosamide

    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

    Nausea, Headache, Dizziness, Double vision, Blurred vision
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    Dr. Swati Mishra
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    Last updated on:
    08 Nov 2019 | 04:44 PM (IST)
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    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

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    Q. I have been taking Lacosamide since nine months and did not have any episode of seizure. 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 will be difficult to control. Talk to your doctor if you have any problems with Lacosamide. The doctor will reduce the dose gradually.

    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. Lacosamide may cause dizziness or drowsiness and blurred vision, which is more when you start treatment and when the dose is increased.

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

    If you miss a dose within 6 hours of the scheduled time, take it immediately and then take the next dose at the regular scheduled time. However, if you have forgotten to take it and more than 6 hours have elapsed beyond the scheduled time, then skip the dose and take the next one as scheduled. Do not double the dose.

    Q. Is Lacosamide a habit-forming medicine?

    No, Lacosamide is not habit forming and there are no reports 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). Such individuals become psychologically dependent on this drug.

    Q. Does Lacosamide have any effect on fertility?

    Lacosamide has not been reported to affect fertility in males or females.

    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 used for long-term treatment. Keep taking the medicine as per your doctor’s advice and till you can tolerate the side effects. Talk to your doctor if the side effects bother you.

    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. If you have liver or kidney problems and are taking ritonavir, the dose of Lacosamide should be reduced. Inform your doctor before starting Lacosamide.

    Content on this page was last updated on 08 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)