Information about Vigabatrin
Vigabatrin is used in the treatment of epilepsy/seizures and Infantile spasms.
How vigabatrin works
Vigabatrin is a an antiepileptic medication. It works by increasing the action of a chemical messenger (GABA) which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.
Common side effects of vigabatrin
Aggressive behavior, Altered walking, Blurred vision, Dizziness, Double vision, Joint pain, Memory impairment, Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), Tiredness, Tremor, Upper respiratory tract infection, Weight gain
Available Medicine for Vigabatrin
- ₹360Sanofi India Ltd1 variant(s)
Expert advice for Vigabatrin
- 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 a mobile/ laptop.
- Take your medication on time.
- It may cause drowsiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
- This medicine can cause visual problems. Your doctor will check your eyesight before you start treatment and regularly thereafter. Inform your doctor immediately if you notice any change in your eyesight.
- Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor first.
Frequently asked questions for Vigabatrin
Q. Why has doctor asked me to get my vision tested? Can Vigabatrin affect vision?
It is important to get your vision checked while taking Vigabatrin because it can lead to loss of vision. Your doctor may get your vision checked at the start of treatment, 4 weeks after starting treatment, then after every 3 months during the treatment and 3-6 months after stopping the treatment.
Q. My child was first prescribed Vigabatrin in powder form but now it has been changed to tablet. Will this have a lessened effect?
No, your doctor will adjust the dose of Vigabatrin tablets based on your child’s body weight and age. This will have the same effect as the powder.
Q. Does Vigabatrin have psychiatric side effects? If yes, what are they?
The common psychiatric side effects of Vigabatrin include agitation, aggression, nervousness, irritability, depression, thought disturbance and paranoia (feeling suspicious without reason) and sleeplessness. These side effects are usually reversible when the dose is reduced or gradually discontinued. Severe psychological disturbances (such as feeling elated or over-excited which may cause unusual behavior and the person may feel detached from reality) are rare but may also occur.
Q. What if someone accidentally swallows more than the recommended dose of Vigabatrin?
If you take more than the recommended dose of Vigabatrin, you should immediately consult your doctor or go to a nearby hospital. Possible symptoms of overdose include drowsiness or loss/depressed level of consciousness.
Q. For how long do I need to take Vigabatrin? Can I stop taking it if I am symptom free?
Your doctor will suggest you the duration for which you need to take Vigabatrin. However, do not stop taking Vigabatrin on your own because stopping it may cause seizures to recur in a worse manner. Consult your doctor if you face any issues with Vigabatrin.
Q. Can Vigabatrin have any effect on memory or concentration?
Yes, Vigabatrin may affect memory and concentration in some people. 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 forget to take Vigabatrin?
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, just take one dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
Q. How should I take Vigabatrin when I cross time zones? How should I carry my medicine when I travel? Will I get Vigabatrin abroad?
It is important to take Vigabatrin at prescribed intervals. Plan ahead and ask your doctor to help you adjust to time zone changes. Carry Vigabatrin in its original packaging along with doctor’s prescription. Vigabatrin may be available abroad depending on your destination. But, it is advisable that you carry enough stock for yourself.