Severe (sometimes fatal) blood/bone marrow problems (such as low red/white blood cells and platelets) and liver problems have occurred with felbamate. Felbamate should be used only by people with severe seizures (epilepsy) that cannot be controlled with other medications. Do not use this drug if you have liver problems. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor before starting felbamate.
Tell your doctor right away if you have signs of infection (such as sore throat that doesn't go away, fever, chills), signs of anemia (such as unusual tiredness), easy bruising/bleeding, or signs of liver problems (such as nausea/vomiting that doesn't stop, stomach/abdominal pain, yellowing eyes/skin, dark urine). Usually, people who have liver problems while taking this drug should not start taking it again.
Your doctor will check certain blood tests (liver function, complete blood count) and may have you see a doctor who treats blood/bone marrow problems before you start felbamate and while you use this drug. Blood/bone marrow problems may also occur after you stop taking the drug. Blood tests may be needed for some time after you stop taking felbamate. Keep all medical and lab appointments.
How to use Felbamate
Read and sign the Informed Consent form provided by your doctor. Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking felbamate and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist before starting felbamate.
If you are using the liquid form of this medication, shake the bottle well before each dose. Carefully measure the dose using a special measuring device/spoon. Do not use a household spoon because you may not get the correct dose.
The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. For children, the dosage is also based on weight. To reduce your risk of side effects, your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose.
Take this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.
Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Seizures may become worse when this drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.
Tell your doctor if your seizures get worse.
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