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    Information about Tiagabine

    Tiagabine uses

    Tiagabine is used in the treatment of Epilepsy/Seizures.

    How tiagabine works

    Tiagabine controls seizures by increasing the levels of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

    Common side effects of tiagabine

    Impaired concentration, Dizziness, Low energy, Stomach pain, Nausea, Nervousness, Tremor, Altered thinking, Drowsiness, Difficulty in paying attention
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    Dr. Swati Mishra
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    Dr. Khushbu Goel
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    Last updated on:
    07 Aug 2019 | 05:00 PM (IST)
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    Available Medicine for Tiagabine

      Expert advice for Tiagabine

      • It should be taken with food.
      • 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:
        • Take a healthy diet along with regular exercise.
        • Practice yoga every day.
        • Get enough sleep at nighttime.
        • Limit the use of screen time such as mobile/ laptop.
        • Take your medication on time.
      • Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Tiagabine affects you.
      • Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior.
      • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.

      Frequently asked questions for Tiagabine


      Q. Can Tiagabine cause addiction?

      No, Tiagabine is not habit forming. There are no reports of it causing any physical or psychological dependence.

      Q. What if I forget to take Tiagabine?

      Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. But, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you have missed more than one dose, call your doctor for instructions about re-starting your medication.

      Q. How should I take Tiagabine when I cross time zones? How should I carry my medicine when I travel? Will I get Tiagabine abroad?

      It is important to take Tiagabine at prescribed interval. Plan ahead and ask your doctor to help you adjust to time zone changes. Carry Tiagabine in its original packaging along with doctor’s prescription. Tiagabine may be available abroad depending on your destination. But, it is advisable that you carry enough stock for yourself.

      Q. How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions with Tiagabine?

      Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts or feelings. You should stick to the schedule of all follow-up visits with your doctor. Contact your doctor immediately if your symptoms worsen or bother you.

      Q. Can Tiagabine have any effect on memory or concentration?

      Yes, Tiagabine may affect memory and concentration but not in everyone. There may be other factors that may contribute to memory problems like depression, anxiety, sleep disturbance and frequent seizures. Talk to your doctor if you have any of these.

      Q. What if I accidentally take more than the recommended dose of Tiagabine?

      Taking higher than the recommended doses of Tiagabine may cause headache, vomiting, shaking, twitching, sleepiness, dizziness, confusion and aggressive behavior. Similarly, it may even make the person silent and withdrawn. High doses of Tiagabine may even cause seizures (fits), loss of consciousness, difficulty in breathing or stopped breathing and coma. It is necessary to seek immediate medical attention or go to a nearby hospital.

      Q. What if I vomit after taking Tiagabine?

      If vomiting has occurred within 1 hour of taking Tiagabine, then you can repeat the dose. In case you vomit after an hour of taking the medicine, then it must have been absorbed and you need not take another dose. Contact your doctor in case of any queries and worries.

      Q. Can phenytoin and Tiagabine be taken together?

      Phenytoin may interfere with the working of Tiagabine. Therefore, the dose of Tiagabine may have to be adjusted if both are taken together.

      Content on this page was last updated on 07 August, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)