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Tiagabine

INFORMATION

Uses

Tiagabine is used in the treatment of epilepsy.

How it works

Tiagabine controls seizures or fits 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

Nervousness, Abdominal pain, Aggression, Walking difficulties, Altered speech, Balance disorder (loss of balance), Blurred vision, Depression, Diarrhoea, Dizziness, Hostility, Impaired concentration, Insomnia, Nausea, Tremor, Vomiting, Fatigue

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Expert advice

  • Inform your doctor before taking tiagabine if you have mild to moderate liver disorders or intolerance to some sugars.
  • Consult your doctor if you notice increase in the number and severity of seizures, appearance of skin rashes, pimples or blisters, anxiety, depression or visual disorders.
  • Do not drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery after taking this drug as it may cause dizziness, sleepiness or tiredness.
  • Do not stop the treatment with tiagabine without consulting your doctor as it may lead to recurrence of seizures.
  • Inform your doctor before taking the drug if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)