Caring for someone with epilepsy?
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Supporting someone you love who has epilepsy has many rewards. It can also be challenging sometimes. You may find it helpful to step back every once in a while and make sure that you have the best plan, with the help you need and deserve.
If you are leading the epilepsy support team, you may want to ask people to take on "buddy" roles. For example, if your loved one likes to garden or do other outdoor activities near his or her home, ask a neighbor to check in. Don't take it all on yourself. Make a schedule that includes friends or loved ones stopping by to help or just to visit.
Seizures can be frightening. But once you know the facts about what to expect and what it really feels like for someone living with epilepsy, you’ll be better prepared to help.
What to expect during a seizure
Caring for someone with epilepsy can be demanding. Here you’ll find information on how to cope with your role as a caregiver while helping your loved one.
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As a caregiver, you have questions too. And sometimes your observations provide important information that can help your loved one get the treatment he or she needs.
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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.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION (Continued)
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:
- double vision
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 ).
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.