When determining your dose of felbamate, your healthcare provider will consider several factors, such as your age, weight, and any other medical conditions you may have. Felbamate comes in tablet or liquid form, and is typically taken three or four times a day. To help minimize side effects, the dosage is generally started at a low amount and gradually increased.
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The dose of felbamate (Felbatol®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How well your kidneys function
- Your age
- Weight (for children)
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
For treating partial seizures, felbamate is usually started at a dosage of 1200 mg a day, divided into three or four doses. Typically, your healthcare provider will slowly increase this amount until your seizures are adequately controlled. If you are taking other seizure medications, the doses of these drugs will usually be decreased when felbamate is started to help minimize side effects. The maximum felbamate dose is 3600 mg a day.
Because the kidneys remove felbamate from the body, people with poor kidney function due to kidney failure or other causes are usually given lower dosages of this medication.
The starting dose and maximum dose of felbamate for treating Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in children will depend on your child's weight. This amount will usually be slowly increased until seizures are adequately controlled. Typically, doses of other seizure medications will be decreased when felbamate is started to help minimize side effects.