Prescription onlyClass: Neuro/psych

Vimpat 

(lacosamide)

Prescription onlyClass: Neuro/psych
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Controls partial seizures.

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Our bottom line

Vimpat (lacosamide) is considered a first choice medicine to control partial seizures, but it can be expensive since it's brand name.

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Upsides

  • Vimpat (lacosamide) is part of the first choice medicines to control partial seizures.
  • Available in pills or liquid to use at home, and as an injectable in the hospital.
  • Can be used by itself or with other medicines to control seizures.
  • There are programs available through the manufacturer that can lower your copay.

Downsides

  • Only available as a brand name, so it can have a higher copay.
  • There are other medicines similar to Vimpat (lacosamide) that are available as generic and are much cheaper.
  • Vimpat (lacosamide) only works for partial seizures. It can't be used to treat other types of seizures.
  • Vimpat (lacosamide) Is a controlled medicine, so you can only get a limited amount per month.
How it works

Vimpat (lacosamide) is an amino acid. While it's not clear exactly how Vimpat (lacosamide) controls seizures, it helps to stabilize nerve cells. Seizures are caused by nerves that are too active.

What to expect when you take Vimpat (lacosamide) for Partial seizures

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Side effect rates for Vimpat (lacosamide)

Risks and Warnings for Vimpat (lacosamide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking other medicines to control seizures

    Vimpat (lacosamide), like other medicines used to control seizures, can increase the risk of suicide. If your mood worsens and you want to hurt yourself after you start taking Vimpat (lacosamide), talk to your doctor right away.

Common concerns from people taking Vimpat (lacosamide)

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Pregnancy
Food
  • You can take Vimpat (lacosamide) with or without food.