Getting the most from your Vimpat treatment
“I would say ‘I'm okay,’ and that was kind of a code word for ‘not so great.’ So when it came to my seizure control, just okay wasn't enough. I wanted to be better than just okay.”
- Heather E., an epilepsy patient currently taking Vimpat for partial-onset seizures
Don’t settle for being just “okay”. When VIMPAT is taken alone, it has been proven to treat partial-onset seizures without additional seizure medicine.
When VIMPAT is added to existing seizure medicines, it may reduce partial-onset seizures by 50% or more, even for patients who have tried multiple medicines. In fact, Vimpat has been shown to reduce seizures by 50% or more when added to the most common anti-seizure medicines, including Keppra®*, Topamax®, Lamictal®, Trileptal®, Depakote®, Phenobarbital, Dilantin®, Tegretol®, and Zonegran®, regardless of how many medicines you’ve taken in the past.
- Your neurologist will tell you how much Vimpat to take and when to take it
- It is important to remember to always take your medicines at the right times
- Do not stop taking VIMPAT without first talking to a healthcare provider
Remembering to take your medicines
- Do you have a supply of your epilepsy medicines on hand, and do you have a backup plan in case you run out?
- Is there a local pharmacy that can deliver?
- Is there someone you can call to help you get what you need?
You might also want someone to help you remember to take your medicines as directed. Or you can use another reminder system, like an alarm on your watch or cell phone.
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Helpful tips for taking Vimpat
- Take Vimpat exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to
- Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Vimpat to take and when to take it
- Only you and your doctor can determine the dose that is right for you, so it is important to work with your doctor. Your doctor will tell you how much VIMPAT to take and when to take it. Do not stop taking VIMPAT without first talking with your doctor.
- Once you are taking VIMPAT, your healthcare provider may change your dose if needed
- Do not stop Vimpat without first talking to a healthcare provider. Stopping Vimpat suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus)
- Vimpat may be taken with or without food
- Should you have the need, VIMPAT is also available in an oral solution and intravenous injection. Let your doctor know about these alternatives in the event you need the option.
- If your healthcare provider has prescribed Vimpat oral solution, be sure to ask your pharmacist for a medicine dropper or medicine cup to help you measure the correct amount of Vimpat oral solution. Do not use a household teaspoon. Ask your pharmacist for instructions on how to use the measuring device the right way
- If you take too much Vimpat, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center right away
- Most common side effects of VIMPAT include: double vision, headache, dizziness and nausea. Additionally, it is important to note that VIMPAT, like other antiepileptic drugs, may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Report side effects you may experience with VIMPAT to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects to UCB, Inc. at UCBCares (1-844-599-CARE ). Please see Important Safety Information
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.
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.
KEPPRA XR (levetiracetam) is a prescription medicine taken by mouth that is used with other medicines to treat partial onset seizures in people 12 years of age and older with epilepsy. KEPPRA XR is available in two dosage strengths: 500mg and 750mg tablets.
KEPPRA (levetiracetam) is a prescription medicine taken by mouth that is used with other medicines to treat primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in people 6 years of age and older with certain types of generalized epilepsy, myoclonic seizures in people 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and partial onset seizures in people 1 month of age and older with epilepsy. KEPPRA is available in tablet strengths of 250mg, 500mg, 750mg, and 1000mg, and 100mg of levetiracetam per mL oral solution.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
KEPPRA and KEPPRA XR may not be for everyone. Ask your healthcare provider if KEPPRA or KEPPRA XR is right for you.
Warnings and Precautions
Antiepileptic drugs, including KEPPRA and KEPPRA XR, 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. KEPPRA and KEPPRA XR may cause extreme sleepiness, tiredness, and weakness, and problems with muscle coordination. You should not drive, operate machinery or do other dangerous activities until you know how KEPPRA or KEPPRA XR affects you. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have a skin rash. Serious skin rashes can happen after you start taking KEPPRA and KEPPRA XR. There is no way to tell if a mild rash will become a serious reaction. Do not stop taking KEPPRA or KEPPRA XR unless instructed by your healthcare provider. Stopping a seizure medication all at once can cause seizures that will not stop, a very serious problem.
Common Adverse Reactions
In clinical trials, the most common side effects seen with KEPPRA XR and other formulations of KEPPRA include sleepiness, weakness, dizziness, and infection.
In clinical trials, the most common side effects seen in people who take KEPPRA include sleepiness, weakness, dizziness, and infection. In addition to those previously listed, the most common side effects seen in children who take KEPPRA include tiredness, acting aggressive, nasal congestion, decreased appetite, and irritability.
Talk to your healthcare provider about other possible side effects with KEPPRA or KEPPRA XR. 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 KEPPRA and KEPPRA XR Patient Medication Guide at the end of the full prescribing information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your condition or your treatment.