Lacosamide ((la-COS-a-mide))

 

Generic Name: Lacosamide ((la-COS-a-mide))

Used to Treat: Partial onset seizures

Seizure Type: Simple partial

Forms of the medicine:
Tablets, Injection, Oral Solution

Dosing:
50 mg (pink), 100 mg (dark yellow), 150 mg (salmon), 200 mg (blue), and 200mg injection, 10mg/ml oral solution

General Info:

What is Vimpat?
Vimpat (VIM-pat) is the brand name for the seizure medicine lacosamide (la-COS-a-mide). Vimpat is usually used as an add-on treatment to control partial onset seizures in patients with epilepsy aged 17 years and older. Vimpat is available in 50 mg (pink), 100 mg (dark yellow), 150 mg (salmon), 200 mg (blue) film coated tablet for oral use, and 200mg injection for health care professional use. Also available as oral solution in 10 mg/ml.

How do I take Vimpat?
Take this medication exactly as it is prescribed for you. Usually your doctor will tell you to take Vimpat two times a day. Your doctor will start you on low dose of Vimpat and gradually increase your dose. Do not take the medication in larger amounts or longer than recommended by your doctor. Vimpat can be taken with food or without food. However, try to take in the same manner and at the same time every day. Do not change your dosage or taking schedule without your doctor's advice. Call your doctor if you are not sure about your dose or schedule of the medication.

Vimpat might affect heart rhythm. If you have a heart rhythm problem, discuss with your doctor before taking Vimpat so that your doctor could check your heart rhythm with an electrocardiogram (EKG).

What if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take an extra dose, unless prescribed by your doctor. What if I experience side effects? Various side effects may occur while taking this medicine. Call your doctor if you have any questions concerning your possible side effects. However, do not stop taking your medication without advice from your doctor. They will discuss and recommend possible options. At times it is necessary to continue taking your medication despite these side effects.

There are other side effects that may be serious and indicate that your body is not tolerating the drug properly. Call a doctor right away if these side effects become severe or cause considerable problems in your daily functions. If you experience a change in seizures, severe rash, allergic reaction, or thoughts about dying contact your doctor immediately as these may indicate potentially serious or life threatening problems.

Side Effects

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • double vision
  • blurred vision
  • walking difficulty
  • drowsiness
  • diarrhea
  • fall
  • unintentional rapid eye movement
  • tremor

Contact your physician immediately if you experience any of the following side effects:

  • worsening or longer lasting seizures
  • thoughts about suicide or dying
  • attempt to commit suicide
  • new or worse depression
  • new or worse anxiety
  • feeling agitated or restless
  • panic attacks
  • new or worse irritability
  • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
  • acting on dangerous impulses
  • other unusual changes in behavior or mood
  • irregular heartbeat or fainting
  • yellowish change of eyes

Storage
Keep this medicine in its original container, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store your prescription at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture (i.e. not the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

Recommendation for women
Safety in pregnancy has not been established. Women who are taking this medication and who wish to become pregnant should discuss treatment options with their physicians before the pregnancy begins. Vimpat is likely to be excreted in breast milk.  Breast feeding mothers should talk to a physician before taking this medication.

Side Effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Drowsiness, Tremor, Dizziness, Blurred or double vision, Headaches