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Tiagabine is used in combination with other medicines to control partial epileptic seizures (fits) (electrical signal abnormality affecting a part of brain).

How it works

Tiagabine belongs to class of medications called as antiepileptics. It works by increasing the levels of Gamma amino butyric acid (GABA), a natural inhibitory brain chemical that control transmission of signals and thus prevent transmission of abnormal signals causing seizures.

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


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 03 October, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)