Yes, Vinlep affects weight and may cause weight gain. Additionally, in some cases, weight loss has also been reported. Consult a dietician and follow a diet plan to maintain your weight.
Q. What are the advantages of Vinlep over carbamazepine?
Vinlep has fewer side effects as compared to carbamazepine. Moreover, Vinlep can be started with clinically effective dose as against carbamazepine which requires frequent visits to the doctor before an effective dose can be decided based on the patient’s response.
Q. Does Vinlep cause memory loss?
Yes, memory loss is a common side effect of Vinlep, but it does not occur in everyone.
Q. How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
You should pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings. Be aware of common warning signs that might be a signal for risk of suicide. Some of these include talking or thinking about hurting yourself or ending your life, withdrawing from friends and family, becoming depressed or worsening of your depression, or becoming preoccupied with death and dying. Never miss an appointment with your doctor and stay connected with the doctor even between visits.
Q. When and how should I take Vinlep?
Take it exactly as directed by your doctor. It is recommended that you take it twice every day, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Taking your medicine at the same time each day will have the best effect. It will also help you remember when to take it. Vinlep can be taken with or without food.
Q. For how long do I need to take Vinlep. Can I stop taking it on my own?
You should take your medicine for the time and duration prescribed by your doctor. Vinlep helps to control your epilepsy but does not cure it. You must take this medicine every day, even if you feel well. Do not stop taking Vinlep or lower the dose yourself. Stopping your medicine suddenly or lowering the dose may cause seizures. Consult your doctor who will reduce the dose gradually before stopping it completely.
Q. Will the use of Vinlep affect my fertility?
Vinlep is not know to affect fertility in males or females. However, talk to your doctor if you are facing fertility issues while taking this medicine.
Q. Does Vinlep cause hair loss?
Hair loss is a common side effect of Vinlep but does not affect everyone. If there is substantial hair loss, consult your doctor.
Q. Who should not take Vinlep?
You should not take Vinlep if you are allergic to Vinlep, eslicarbazepine or to any of its components. It should also be avoided by pregnant women and women taking birth control pills. Also, people having severe liver or kidney disease and people with a psychiatric disorder should avoid taking Vinlep.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 20th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.