Felbamate may interact with a number of other medications (see Drug Interactions With Felbamate).
As with most medications, it is possible to take too much felbamate. People who overdose on this medicine may experience:
- An upset stomach
- An increased heart rate.
If you happen to overdose on this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
(Click Felbatol Overdose for more information.)
If you forget to take a dose of felbamate, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your regular schedule. Do not take a double dose.
Epilepsy is a neurological condition associated with abnormal electrical signaling in the brain. These abnormal electrical signals often lead to seizures. This is why epilepsy is sometimes called a seizure disorder.
Although it is not known exactly how felbamate works to prevent seizures, it is thought to work in a similar way as other seizure medications.
Clinical studies have shown that felbamate can reduce the frequency of partial seizures in people with epilepsy. In these studies, felbamate was either used alone or with other common seizure medications. It has also been shown to increase the time between seizures in people whose epilepsy was uncontrolled on other medications.
In one study, felbamate was shown to reduce the number of seizures in children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Although these children were taking one or two other seizure medications, they were still experiencing at least 90 seizures each month.
In this study, the children who were given felbamate in addition to their other seizure medications had 26 percent fewer seizures of any type, on average. Children who were given a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients) in addition to their other seizure medications had 5 percent more seizures, on average.