Potiga

Drug List

Potiga

Drug Name

Potiga (Ezogabine)

Manufactured By

GlaxoSmithKline LLC

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Treats Disease/Condition

Uses

This medication is used in combination with other medications to treat certain types of seizures (partial seizures). Because of the risk of vision changes, ezogabine should only be used when other medications have failed to control seizures. It works by reducing the spread of seizure activity in the brain. Ezogabine belongs to a class of drugs known as anticonvulsants.

How To Use

Take this medication by mouth with or without food as directed by your doctor, usually three times daily. The dosage is based on your medical condition, response to treatment, age, and other medications you may be taking. Be sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products). The manufacturer directs not to break, crush, dissolve, or chew the tablet before taking it. However, many similar drugs (immediate-release tablets) can be broken, crushed, dissolved, or chewed. Follow your doctor's directions on how to take this medication. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. This drug works best when the amount of medicine in your body is kept at a constant level. Therefore, take this drug at evenly spaced intervals. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

Side Effects

Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness, memory problems, weakness, and difficulty concentrating may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: urination problems (such as difficulty urinating, problems beginning the flow of urine, painful/difficult urination), shaking (tremor), feeling of spinning, loss of coordination (such as difficulty walking and controlling muscles). Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: fast/irregular heartbeat, severe dizziness, fainting. A small number of people who take anticonvulsants for any condition (such as seizure, bipolar disorder, pain) may experience depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, or other mental/mood problems. Tell your doctor right away if you or your family/caregiver notice any unusual/sudden changes in your mood, thoughts, or behavior including confusion, hallucinations, signs of depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, thoughts about harming yourself. With long-term treatment, you may rarely develop changes in the color of your skin, nails, lips, roof of your mouth, or eyes/eyelids. The changes in color may look blue, gray-blue, or brown and may be permanent. Tell your doctor right away if you notice any changes in color to your body. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval. Other medications can affect the removal of ezogabine from your body, which may affect how ezogabine works. Examples include other medications to treat seizures (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin), among others. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking other products that cause drowsiness including alcohol, antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine). Check the labels on all your medicines (such as allergy or cough-and-cold products) because they may contain ingredients that cause drowsiness. Ask your pharmacist about using those products safely. This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including serum and urine bilirubin), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know you use this drug.

In Case of Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222.

In Case of Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets.