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Anticonvulsant Sabril® Adult, Children

Vigabatrin - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Vigabatrin cause?

Generally, the common side effects tend to occur at the beginning of treatment. Such side effects may include:

  • Mild drowsiness, dizziness, headache, confusion, lack of coordination, nervousness, insomnia and concentration difficulties are the most frequently reported side-effects. Be careful when giving any over-the-counter medicines to your child. Medicines for allergy or cold symptoms can add on to the drowsiness. Be sure to supervise your child when he/she is involved in activities such as cycling or swimming.
  • Behaviour changes (e.g. irritability, anxiety).
  • Changes in eyesight e.g. reduced field of vision, double vision, abnormal colour perception.
  • Abdominal pain, increased appetite and weight, constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting
  • Skin rash, is sometimes reported
  • Back and/or joint pain, muscle weakness, numbness in the hands and feet (“pins and needles” sensation)

Inform your doctor if any of the above side-effects lasts more than a few days or become severe and bothersome.

Rare but serious side-effects may manifest as the following symptoms. Contact your doctor as soon as possible, if you notice any of the following:

  • Sudden worsening of vision
  • Worsening of behaviour changes

Inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms in your child. Always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if your child has any problems or difficulties during or after taking vigabatrin.

Before taking Vigabatrin, what precautions must I follow?

Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you wish to give any other medications, supplements or herbal products to your child.

If your child is consulting with a different doctor, inform him/her that your child is currently taking vigabatrin before he/she prescribes any other medication.

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Vigabatrin?

  • Updated on Monday, October 2, 2017
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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