How you and your pharmacist can better work together

How you and your pharmacist can better work together to go beyond okay

“I guess one piece of advice I would give is don't settle — okay is not good enough.”
- Alyssa K., an epilepsy patient currently taking Vimpat for partial-onset seizures

Sometimes going beyond okay means playing a larger role in your treatment and being your own advocate. It is just as important to build a relationship with your pharmacist as it is to build one with your healthcare provider. That's why you should stick with one pharmacy. Shopping around or going to different pharmacies can decrease the chances that the pharmacist will know who you are and what your health concerns are.

Pharmacists are experts in how medicines work and interact with each other. Working with one pharmacist who knows about all of the medicines and over-the-counter drugs you are taking could offer important benefits. You may get important information on dietary restrictions or other information about potential drug interactions when new medicines are added to your treatment regimen.

Getting to know your pharmacist

The following tips will help you get the most out of your relationship with your pharmacist.

Tell your pharmacist about your prescriptions. The information your doctor gives you about each medicine you are taking is important for your pharmacist to know too. Pay attention to your dosage and double-check with your pharmacist after every refill. Staying on schedule is important because missing doses of your epilepsy medicine may result in a seizure.

Talk to your pharmacist to make sure you have received the medicine your doctor prescribed.

Create a written record. Keep a list of your medicines, and know each by name. Jot down any changes to your medicines made by your doctor, just as you would keep a seizure diary. Bring this list with you when you go to the pharmacy.

Keep the communication going both ways. If your pharmacist makes any changes to your antiepilepsy medicines, be sure to discuss them with your neurologist.

Keeping treatment on track

Tell your pharmacist you want to make sure you're getting the medicine your doctor prescribes.

Always check your medicine to ensure that you are getting Vimpat, just as prescribed. Also, make sure you are taking advantage of the Vimpat Savings Card to make your medicine more affordable when you fill your monthly prescription.

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.

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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 www.vimpat.com 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 UCBCares@UCB.com. We're here to help.

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