Neurologist Discussion Guide

Could you reduce the number of partial-onset seizures you are having? Below are some tips that may help you and your doctor decide if you could go beyond okay when it comes to your partial-onset seizures. Print this list and take it with you to your next appointment. Explore your treatment options including VIMPAT and other medicines that may help you reach your personal best level of seizure control.

Tell your doctor how you are doing.
  • How have you been since your last appointment?

  • How many partial-onset seizures are you having?

  • How is your epilepsy impacting your daily life?

Ask your doctor what they think.
  • How many partial-onset seizures are too many?

  • Are your symptoms as controlled as they could be?

Make a PLAN with your doctor.
  • What treatment could help you achieve your personal best level of symptom control?

  • Is VIMPAT right for you?

  • Should you take VIMPAT alone or with other epilepsy medicines?

  • What do you need to know about potential side effects of treatment?

  • How can you save on your epilepsy medicine?

Set goals together.
  • What is your new partial-osnet seizure control goal?

Tips for a more productive conversation with your doctor

Help your doctor get the full picture of what your life with epilepsy looks and feels like, and what happens when you have a seizure.

If it is hard for you to recall what happens during a seizure, consider bringing somebody with you who has witnessed your seizures.

It is important to think back to your last appointment and consider all of the ups and downs you’ve experienced since then and not just focus on how you are feeling right now.

If you’re not sure what a partial seizure is, or how to tell if you have partial seizures, read about partial-onset seizures here, or ask your doctor to explain it to you.


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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