Lacosamide

How It Works:

Lacosamide is an anticonvulsant that belongs to class of medicines called sodium channel blockers. It stabilizes the hyper-excited nerve fibers, thereby slowing abnormal nerve impulses in brain.

Side Effects:

irritability, itching of skin, vertigo, blurred vision, indigestion, nausea, abnormal coordination, memory impairment, dysarthria, gait disturbance, sedation., disturbance in attention, nystagmus, vomiting, muscle spasms, cognitive disorder, Depression, ringing in ears, constipation, unusual tiredness, diarrhea, double vision, dizziness, sleepiness, rash, inability to sleep, uncontrolled shaking, gas, dry mouth, paresthesia, hypoesthesia, headache, confusional state, balance disorder, weakness

Used For:

Lacosamide is used as alone or in combination with other antiepileptic medications to treat partial-onset seizure (fits due to involvement of only one side of brain).

Instructions:

  • Seek immediate medical attention if you get the thought of harming or killing yourself.
  • Consult your doctor if you have mental disorders, heart problems, if you are pregnant, or breast-feeding.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery as lacosamide may cause dizziness and unsteady movements (ataxia).
  • Do not take alcohol with lacosamide as it may worsen the side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is lacosamide safe in pregnancy?Lacosamide should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is it safe to use lacosamide during breastfeeding?Lacosamide should be given only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the infant. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.
Q. Is lacosamide a controlled substance, or narcotic?Lacosamide is not a controlled substance or narcotic. It is the drug used in treatment of epilepsy or convulsions.
Q. Where is lacosamide absorbed?Lacosamide is absorbed from stomach and intestine when taken orally.
Q. What class is lacosamide? What is it used for?Lacosamide belongs to the class of medication called anticonvulsants. Lacosamide is used as monotherapy or in combination with other antiepileptic medications to treat partial-onset seizure (fits due to involvement of only one side of brain).
Q. How does lacosamide work?Lacosamide is an anticonvulsant drug. It stabilizes the hyper-excited nerve fibers, thereby slowing abnormal nerve impulses in brain.
Q. How effective is lacosamide?Lacosamide is effective in treatment of partial-onset seizure (fits due to involvement of only one side of brain). But effect may vary depending on the individuals taking the medicine. Please follow the doctor’s advice regarding the use of this medicine.
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