Felbamate may be prescribed to treat partial seizures in adults or seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in children. This medication is only approved for use in people with severe epilepsy who have not responded adequately to other medications. In clinical studies, people who took felbamate significantly reduced seizure frequency. Side effects may include insomnia, constipation, and headaches.
What Is Felbamate?Felbamate (Felbatol®) is a prescription medication used to treat epilepsy. Specifically, it is approved to treat the following conditions:
- Partial seizures in adults, either alone or with other seizure medications
- Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in children, in combination with other seizure medications.
Felbamate is only approved for use in people who have severe epilepsy that has not adequately responded to other medications.
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Are There Side Effects?Just like any medicine, felbamate can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well. If reactions do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
Some of the most common side effects seen with felbamate include but are not limited to:
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