Your role as a caregiver

When it comes to epilepsy and its treatment, everyone should strive for maximum partial-onset seizure control — the best control for them, the best control that they can get. But there are several factors to consider.

According to national guidelines, epilepsy treatment strategies should be specifically designed based on:

  • Seizure type
  • Epilepsy type
  • Other health conditions and medicines
  • Lifestyle and preferences, including those of the family and caregivers

Partnering with the doctor in treatment decisions Understanding the do's and don'ts for helping during a seizure What to expect from treatment Understanding how to better deal with epilepsy

Partnering with the doctor in treatment decisions

As a caregiver, you play an important role in the treatment decision process. The information you provide the doctor can be instrumental in helping the doctor make informed decisions about your loved one’s treatment. Work together to understand the benefits and possible side effects of epilepsy medicines or other treatments. Think about what works best for you and your loved one.

Understanding the do's and don'ts for helping during a seizure

When a friend or family member has a partial-onset seizure, knowing what to do — and what not to do — can make a difference. Click here for a few tips from The Epilepsy Foundation

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What to expect from treatment

Less than half of all people with epilepsy respond to the first medicine they try, and a third of those with partial-onset epilepsy still don’t find control after three medicines. It can be frustrating. Fortunately there are many treatments and combinations to try. If the doctor chooses VIMPAT, it’s good to know that VIMPAT is approved to treat partial-onset seizures alone or with other seizure medicines.

When VIMPAT is taken alone, it may be the only seizure medicine you need to control your partial-onset seizures.

When VIMPAT is added to existing seizure medicines, it may reduce your partial-onset seizures by 50% or more. VIMPAT has been proven to significantly reduce the number of partial-onset seizures when added to the most common anti-seizure medicines including Keppra®*, Topamax®, Lamictal®, Trileptal®, Depakote®, phenobarbital, Dilantin®, Tegretol®, and Zonegran®.

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Understanding how to better deal with epilepsy

Caregivers can often provide neurologists with unique insight into their loved one’s experience with epilepsy. If you have any concerns about your loved one, talk to them about it. Encourage them to talk with the neurologist.

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What is VIMPAT?

VIMPAT is a prescription medicine that can be used alone or with other medicines to treat partial-onset seizures in people 17 years of age and older.

What is the most important information I should know about VIMPAT?

Do not stop taking VIMPAT without first talking to your healthcare provider.

Stopping VIMPAT suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop.

VIMPAT can cause serious side effects, including:

1.Like other antiepileptic drugs, VIMPAT may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500.


Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

  • thoughts about suicide or dying
  • attempt to commit suicide
  • new or worse depression
  • new or worse anxiety
  • feeling agitated or restless
  • panic attacks
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • new or worse irritability
  • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
  • acting on dangerous impulses
  • an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  • other unusual changes in behavior or mood

2.VIMPAT may cause you to feel dizzy, have double vision, feel sleepy, or have problems with coordination and walking. Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how VIMPAT affects you.

3.VIMPAT may cause you to have an irregular heartbeat or may cause you to faint. Call your healthcare provider if you have:

  • fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat
  • shortness of breath
  • feel lightheaded
  • fainted or if you feel like you are going to faint

4.VIMPAT is a federally controlled substance (C-V) because it can be abused or lead to drug dependence. Keep your VIMPAT in a safe place, to protect it from theft. Never give your VIMPAT to anyone else, because it may harm them.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking VIMPAT?

Before you take VIMPAT, tell your healthcare provider, if you:

  • have or have had depression, mood problems or suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • have heart problems
  • have kidney problems
  • have liver problems
  • have abused prescription medicines, street drugs or alcohol in the past
  • have any other medical problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

What are the possible side effects of VIMPAT?

See “What is the most important information I should know about VIMPAT?”.

VIMPAT may cause other serious side effects including:

VIMPAT may cause a serious allergic reaction that may affect your skin or other parts of your body such as your liver or blood cells. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have:

  • a skin rash, hives
  • fever or swollen glands that do not go away
  • shortness of breath, swelling of the legs, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, or dark urine.

The most common side effects of VIMPAT include:

  • dizziness
  • headache
  • double vision
  • nausea

These are not all of the possible side effects of VIMPAT. For more information ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to UCB, Inc. at UCBCares (1-844-599-CARE [2273]).

Please see additional patient information in the Medication Guide. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your condition or your treatment. For more information, go to or call 1-844-599-2273.

Contact Information

If you have any questions or want more information, please contact UCBCares at 1-844-599-CARE (2273) or We're here to help.

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