Compare Briviact vs. Trileptal

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Briviact (brivaracetam)

Prescription only

Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine)

Prescription only
Prevents seizures.

Briviact (brivaracetam) is good at lowering the number of seizures, but it can be very expensive. You have to take it along with other anti-seizure medicines.

Prevents seizures.

Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) is effective at preventing seizures and you don’t need to get regular blood tests to make sure it’s effective, but it has many drug interactions.

Upsides
  • Briviact (brivaracetam) can help provide seizure relief if you’re already taking 1 or 2 other anti-seizure medicines and still having seizures.
  • Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) is effective at lowering the frequency of seizures, especially for people with partial seizures.
  • If you have trouble swallowing tablets, Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) is also available as an oral solution.
  • You won’t need to get regular blood tests to check the drug levels in your body.
  • Available in a generic form.
Downsides
  • Not available as generic, so it will be expensive.
  • Must take Briviact (brivaracetam) two times a day.
  • Similar to other antiepileptic medicines, taking Briviact (brivaracetam) increases risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior.
  • There’s no added benefit from Briviact (brivaracetam) if you’re already on an anti-seizure medicine called Keppra (levetiracetam).
  • It’s important to take your dose on time so that Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) has steady levels in your body.
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
  • Can cause difficulty concentrating, tiredness or drowsiness, and problems with coordination.
  • If you have kidney problems, your dose may need to be adjusted. Your doctor will check your kidney function regularly.
  • Being pregnant lowers the levels of Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine), so the medicine might not be as effective at preventing seizures.
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Side effects
7possible side effects
  • Feeling sleepy and falling asleep
    16%
  • Dizziness
    12%
  • Fatigue
    9%
  • Nausea and/or vomiting
    5%
  • Balance problems
    3%
  • Irritability
    3%
  • Constipation
    2%
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21possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    22%
  • Nausea
    16%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Any adverse effect
    9%
  • Diarrhea
    7%
  • Vomiting
    7%
  • Upper Respiratory Tract Infection
    7%
  • Constipation
    5%
  • Dyspepsia
    5%
  • Ataxia
    5%
  • Nervousness
    5%
  • Falling Down NOS
    4%
  • Pain Back
    4%
  • Amnesia
    4%
  • Coordination Abnormal
    4%
  • Tremor
    4%
  • Epistaxis
    4%
  • Infection Chest
    4%
  • Sinusitis
    4%
  • Rash
    4%
  • Vision Abnormal
    4%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
    • History of mood problems
    • Currently untreated mood problems
  • Changes in alertness and coordination
  • Mood changes
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Suddenly stopping Briviact (brivaracetam)
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  • Mental changes due to low sodium
    • Age 65 or older
    • dehydration
    • Taking diuretics (water pills)
  • Serious allergic reactions
    • Had allergic reaction to Tegretol (carbamazepine)
  • Life-threatnening skin reactions
    • Asian ancestry
  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior
    • History of depression
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Stopping Trileptal (Oxcarbazepine) suddenly
  • Changes in blood cells
  • Bone disorders
    • History of osteoporosis
    • History of fractures
  • Liver problems
  • Low thyroid levels
    • Children
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