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Vigabatrin

Important Information for Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
 
 
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
 
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Vigabatrin to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
 

How Does It Work?

It is thought that vigabatrin works by increasing the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a natural brain chemical that stops or slows down other brain signals. Increasing GABA helps prevent the abnormal brain signals that lead to a seizure.
 

When and How to Take This Medication

Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with vigabatrin include the following:
 
  • Vigabatrin comes in tablet form and as a powder that is mixed with water to make a liquid. It is usually taken by mouth twice a day.
 
  • This medication can be taken with or without food.
 
  • For the powder form, empty the prescribed number of packets and add the prescribed amount of cold or room-temperature water (usually 10 mL of water per packet). After the medication is fully dissolved, measure the appropriate dosage. If you do not need all of the medication for a dose, make sure to discard the remaining amount; do not save it for later.
 
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
 
  • As with other seizure medications, do not stop taking vigabatrin without your healthcare provider's approval. When you stop taking this medication, it should usually be stopped gradually over a period of at least three weeks.
 
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