Taking VIMPAT

BREANNE D. IS A REAL VIMPAT PATIENT.

Taking VIMPAT

VIMPAT® (lacosamide) CV is a prescription medicine used in people 4 years of age and older to treat partial‐onset seizures and with other medicines to treat primary generalized tonic‐clonic seizures (PGTCS). It is not known if VIMPAT is safe and effective in children under 4 years of age.

The doctor will prescribe an appropriate dose and formulation of VIMPAT based on the needs.

Always take the medicine as prescribed and at the same time everyday.

Consider setting an alarm or reminder alert on a cell phone.

Never stop taking VIMPAT without talking to a Healthcare Provider—usually the doctor will provide instructions on how to slowly stop taking it.

Stopping VIMPAT suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).

Remember these helpful tips when taking VIMPAT:

VIMPAT tablets and liquid can both be stored at room temperature.
VIMPAT can be taken with or without food.
VIMPAT tablets should be swallowed whole with liquid. Do not cut VIMPAT tablets.
If too much VIMPAT is taken, contact the doctor or the local poison control center immediately.
VIMPAT should be taken exactly as instructed by the doctor.


Every parent knows how hard it can be to get their child to take their medicine. Fortunately, you can get VIMPAT as a liquid or a tablet.

There are two ways your child can take VIMPAT at home.

VIMPAT is usually prescribed to be taken twice per day. But, your child should take VIMPAT exactly as prescribed by his or her doctor. Your doctor will tell you how much VIMPAT your child should take and when to take it.

If you and your doctor decide on VIMPAT oral solution, remember to ask your pharmacist for a medicine dropper or medicine cup so you can measure the right amount of medicine. Do not use a household teaspoon. Ask your pharmacist to explain how to use the measuring device correctly.

VIMPAT oral solution contains aspartame, a source of phenylalanine which can be harmful in patients with phenylketonuria (PKU).

Remembering to take your medicines

One of the most important parts of treating epilepsy and achieving the seizure control you deserve is to remember to take your medicines. Some questions to ask yourself to make sure you're on top of this include:

  • 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.