Aptiom is an FDA-approved anticonvulsant medication used for the treatment of partial-onset seizures in adults and children of 4 years old and older. It contains an active drug called eslicarbazepine which is an anticonvulsant.
Generic name: eslicarbazepine
Brand name: Aptiom
Uses of Aptiom
It is used to treat partial-onset seizures in adults and children of 4 years old and older.
How To Take Aptiom
Aptiom is typically administered once a day. Follow your prescription’s directions to the letter. It’s possible that your doctor will adjust your dose from time to time. This medicine should not be taken in greater or lower amounts or for longer than is prescribed.
It can be taken on an empty stomach or with food. Crushing or swallowing the Aptiom tablet is an option.
Even if you feel fine, don’t stop taking Aptiom suddenly. Increased seizures may occur if you stop abruptly. Before you run out of medication, get your prescription refilled.
Eslicarbazepine can induce unexpected medical test findings. Tell any doctor that you’re taking Aptiom. Keep the medication away from moisture and heat. Store at room temperature.
The following side effects can be associated with taking Aptiom. They include mild and severe side effects.
Consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information on any potential adverse effects. They can provide you with advice on how to deal with any unpleasant side effects.
Mild side effects include:
Severe side effects include:
- decreased white blood cells
- liver problems
- loss of balance
- allergic reaction
- Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS) Syndrome
- suicidal thoughts
Severe side effects are uncommon, but they can happen. If you experience any major side effects, contact your doctor at once. If your symptoms are life-threatening or you believe you’re having a medical emergency, dial 911 or your local emergency number.
Do not abruptly stop using Aptiom. If you have a significant drug reaction that affects multiple parts of your body, seek medical help. Skin rash, fever, swollen glands, flu-like symptoms, muscle aches, extreme weakness, unusual bruises, or yellowing of the skin or eyes are all possible symptoms. This reaction could happen a few weeks after you start using Aptiom.
If you encounter signs of low sodium levels in your body, such as nausea, confusion, severe weakness, muscle pain, or increased seizures, call your doctor right away.
While taking seizure medication, some patients have suicidal thoughts. Keep a close eye on any changes in your mood or symptoms. Any new or worsening symptoms should be reported to your doctor.