Felbamate for Epilepsy
Common side effects of felbamate include:
- Nausea, vomiting, and indigestion.
- Loss of appetite.
- Insomnia (sleep problems).
Most of these problems tend to go away after the body adjusts to the drug. Weight loss and insomnia are common long-term problems, though.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on antiepileptic medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take antiepileptic medicine should be watched closely for Reference warning signs of suicide. People who take antiepileptic medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology