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A healthcare provider may prescribe lacosamide to treat partial seizures in people age 17 years old and older. This medication is not intended to be used alone and is only approved for use in combination with other seizure medications. It comes in the form of a tablet or as an injection. Potential side effects of the drug may include headaches, dizziness, and nausea.

What Is Lacosamide?

Lacosamide (Vimpat®) is a prescription medication approved to treat certain types of seizures (known as partial-onset seizures, partial seizures, or focal seizures) in people 17 years old and older. It is approved for use only in combination with other seizure medications.
 
(Click What Is Lacosamide Used For? for more information on what the medication is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Side Effects

As with any medicine, lacosamide may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Some of the most common side effects include, but are not limited to:
 
  • Double vision
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea.
     
(Click Side Effects of Lacosamide to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
 
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