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Gabitril generically known as Tiagabine is an anti-epileptic medication that is used to treat partial seizures in adults and children aged 12 and older. Tiagabine is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. It is often used in combination with other medications to help control seizures that are not responding to other treatments.
Gabitril works by increasing the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that helps to regulate the activity of brain cells. By increasing the level of GABA, Gabitril helps to reduce the amount of abnormal electrical activity in the brain that can lead to seizures.
Uses and Dosage
Gabitril is available in tablet form and is typically taken once daily. As with all medications, follow your doctor's instructions for use and report any side effects or concerns to your healthcare provider. When taking Gabitril, take it with food and swallow the pill whole, followed immediately by a glass of water.
Take the tablet regularly and exactly as prescribed, to create a dosage schedule to avoid missing doses, and to take a missed dose as soon as possible unless it is close to the time for the next scheduled dose. Do not change the Gabitril dosage without consulting a doctor, as it is based on medical condition, other medications being taken, and response to therapy. Abruptly stopping the use of Gabitril can lead to worsening conditions, so it should not be discontinued unless otherwise directed by a doctor.
Common Side Effects of Gabitril (Tiagabine):
- Abdominal pain
- Trouble sleeping or insomnia
- Weight changes
Serious Side Effects of Gabitril (Tiagabine):
- Trouble concentrating
- Trouble speaking
Form and Strength
Gabitril (Tiagabine) is available in the following forms and strength:
- 5 mg
- 10 mg
- 15 mg
- Gabitril may cause drowsiness, dizziness, or blurred vision, so you should avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how the medication affects you.
- Gabitril can interact with other medications, tell your doctor about all the medications you are taking, including any over the counter or herbal supplements.
- Gabitril should not be taken during pregnancy unless the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks. Discuss with your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Gabitril or are planning to become pregnant.
- Gabitril can cause withdrawal symptoms if it is stopped suddenly. To avoid withdrawal symptoms, gradually reduce the dose of Gabitril under the supervision of your doctor.
- Gabitril has a low potential for abuse and addiction, but it can still be habit-forming if it is taken for a long time or in high doses.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is tiagabine a controlled substance?
No, tiagabine is not a controlled substance.
Does Gabitril medication cause weight loss?
Yes, this seizure medication may cause weight loss.
Can Gabitril be taken with alcohol?
Drinking alcohol while taking Gabitril can increase the risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty concentrating.
What should I do if I accidentally take too much Gabitril?
If you accidentally take too much Gabitril, call your doctor or seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of an overdose can include drowsiness, confusion, and difficulty breathing.
It's important to purchase Gabitril from verified Canadian pharmacy.