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Effects of Tiagabine

Three studies have shown that tiagabine is effective for treating partial seizures in adults and children as young as 12 years old. In these studies, people added tiagabine or a placebo (a "sugar pill") to the seizure medications they were already taking. Those who added tiagabine decreased their rates of partial seizures by up to 36 percent, compared to just 3 percent in those who added the placebo to their seizure medications.
 

When and How Do I Take It?

General considerations for when and how to take tiagabine include the following:
 
  • The medication comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth one to four times a day.
  • Usually, you will start with a low dose and slowly increase up to an effective one.
  • Tiagabine should be taken with food.
  • The medication should be taken at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. It will not work if you stop taking it.
  • Do not stop taking tiagabine without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Gabitril Withdrawal).
     

Dosing Information for Tiagabine

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • Other medications (especially other seizure medications) you may be taking
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Tiagabine Dosing for more information.)
  
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