Fycompa (Perampanel) for Epilepsy | MyEpilepsyTeam

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Fycompa is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to control primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures and partial-onset seizures in people 12 years of age and older. Fycompa is also referred to by its drug name, perampanel.

Fycompa 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 in the brain.

How do I take it?
Prescribing information states that Fycompa is taken orally as a tablet once daily at bedtime. Your doctor will likely start you on a low dose of Fycompa and gradually increase the dosage.

Do not stop taking Fycompa suddenly. If you decide to stop taking Fycompa, consult your physician for a plan to reduce your dosage gradually.

Fycompa should be taken exactly as prescribed by a physician.

Side effects
The FDA-approved label for Depakote lists common side effects including dizziness, sleepiness, fatigue, irritability, falls, nausea, weight gain, vertigo, headache, vomiting, abdominal pain, and anxiety.

Rare but serious side effects listed for Fycompa include injuries from falls and psychological changes, including suicidal thoughts and behavior and aggression toward others.

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

Call your doctor if you experience mood swings, changes in behavior, suicidal thoughts, chest pain, or yellowing of the skin or eyes while taking Fycompa.

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Fycompa. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you are certain you understand how Fycompa affects you.

Fycompa may reduce the effectiveness of some forms of birth control, including oral contraceptives and implants. You may need to adopt another form of birth control while using Fycompa.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

Fycompa — Eisai

Fycompa — RxList

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