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What Is Gabitril & How Does It Treat Epilepsy?

Learn about the epilepsy medication Gabitril from Steve Wolf, MD and Patty McGoldrick, NP in this Howcast video.


Gabitril, otherwise known as Tiagabine, is an anti-epileptic medication that’s indicated for partial complex seizures. So seizures start in one area of the brain and spread. It’s not as commonly used right now as it used to be; in certain seizures it can actually aggravate seizures, so it’s important to talk to the people who are taking care of you and see if it’s a medication for you. The biggest side effects with it are insomnia, dizziness, sleepiness and also it can cause some irritability and mood issues. Gabitril should not be used in patients with generalized epilepsy. It can worsen those type of seizures so it’s clearly contraindicated in patients with staring spells, zoning out and generalized tonic-clonic seizures. So again a good medication that’s been used but something you need to talk with the people taking care of you and see if it’s the right medicine. Think of it as another option, but right now it’s sort of low on the list of options. Usually option number four or five or six on peoples list of controlling partial complex seizures

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