Living well with epilepsy not only involves finding the best treatment for you, but also understanding the effects epilepsy has on all aspects of your life and making the smart choices that give you the most control.
By resetting your expectations about what's possible for you, you'll be able to be more proactive in managing your disease. A big part of this is working with your neurologist so you'll be able to take more control of your day-to-day life—at home, at work, with friends—to identify solutions and enjoy successes.
Driving with epilepsy
Get tips for getting around even if you can't drive, plus a link to state-by-state driving restrictions and regulations.
Women and epilepsy
Understand the range of gender-related issues women with epilepsy can face, and get insights about how to handle them.
Work and career
Read about how to talk to your boss and co-workers and what to tell them, and get tips for ensuring safety in your workplace.
Getting older with epilepsy
Get information and tips for remembering your medication(s) and making your home safe as you age.
Talking to others about epilepsy
Learn more about how you can help dispel the misconceptions about epilepsy.
Safety precautions for epilepsy
Get important tips about how you can plan for safety inside and outside the home.
Get support from people like you
Learn more about support groups and how to start a support group in your area.
Online epilepsy resources
Learn about the many available websites you can visit to get more information and additional support.
Vimpat® (lacosamide) is a prescription medicine that is used with other medicines to treat partial-onset seizures in people 17 years of age and older with epilepsy.
Important Safety Information
Vimpat may not be for everyone. Ask your healthcare provider if Vimpat is right for you.
Warnings and Precautions
Antiepileptic drugs, including Vimpat, may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have new or worsening symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts about self harm that you have never had before or may be worse than before.
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 may also cause you to feel dizzy, have double vision, feel sleepy, or have problems with coordination and walking. You should not drive, operate machinery or do other dangerous activities until you know how Vimpat affects you.
Vimpat may cause you to have an irregular heartbeat or may cause you to feel faint. Call your healthcare provider if you have a fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat, shortness of breath, feel lightheaded, or if you fainted or feel like you are going to faint.
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. Do not give it to anyone else, because it may harm them.
In rare cases, 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 or 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.
Before taking Vimpat, tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior; have heart, kidney or liver problems; have abused prescription medicines, street drugs or alcohol in the past, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Vimpat® oral solution contains aspartame, a source of phenylalanine.
Common Adverse Reactions
In clinical trials, the most common side effects seen with Vimpat were dizziness, headache, nausea, and double vision.
Talk to your healthcare provider about other possible side effects with VIMPAT. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Please see additional patient information in the Patient Medication Guide. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your condition or your treatment.