Aptiom (Eslicarbazepine acetate) for Epilepsy | MyEpilepsyTeam

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Aptiom is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat adults who experience partial-onset seizures. Aptiom is indicated as an adjunct to existing medications when a current regimen is not effective in controlling seizures. Aptiom is also referred to by its drug name, eslicarbazepine acetate.

Aptiom is an anticonvulsant, or in other words, a drug used to prevent and control seizures. It is believed to work in cases of epilepsy by inhibiting nerve signals.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Aptiom is taken orally as a tablet once daily.

Avoid driving or operating machinery until you are certain you understand how Aptiom affects you.

Drinking alcohol while taking Aptiom can intensify some side effects.

Do not stop taking Aptiom suddenly. If you decide to stop taking Aptiom, consult your physician for a plan to reduce your dosage gradually. Aptiom should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Aptiom lists common side effects including sleepiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, feeling unsteady on your feet, loss of coordination, headache, tremors, and double vision. Some of these side effects may fade as your body acclimates to Aptiom.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Aptiom include suicidal thoughts and behavior, serious skin reactions, serious allergic reactions, low blood sodium levels, and liver damage.

Older adults may experience some side effects of Aptiom more intensely than other people.

Call your doctor if you experience mood swings, changes in behavior, suicidal thoughts, chest pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes, sores in your mouth or around your eyes, or chronic or recurrent infections while taking Aptiom.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Aptiom — Sunovian

Aptiom — Drugs.com

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