Compare Vimpat vs. Aptiom

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

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Vimpat (lacosamide)

Prescription only

Aptiom (eslicarbazepine)

Prescription only
Controls partial seizures.

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

Prevents seizures

Aptiom (eslicarbazepine) treats epilepsy, but is more expensive than other medicines that work like it.

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.
  • Can be combined with other anti-seizure medicines if it doesn't work well enough by itself.
  • Some people may tolerate Aptiom (eslicarbazepine) better than other medicines that work just like it.
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.
  • More expensive than other medicines that work like it.
  • Researchers do not know if this medicine works and is safe for children and elderly people.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Injection
  • Pill
Price
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Side effects
28possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    43%
  • Sleepiness
    26%
  • Nausea
    14%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Fatigue
    12%
  • Double vision
    11%
  • Vomiting
    9%
  • Blurry vision
    8%
  • Difficulty controlling movement
    8%
  • Tremor
    7%
  • Dry mouth
    6%
  • Prickling and tingling sensation
    6%
  • Difficulty controlling eye movements
    5%
  • Prickling and tingling in the mouth
    5%
  • Numbness in the mouth
    5%
  • Loss of balance
    4%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Problems with balance
    4%
  • Itching
    4%
  • Bruising
    3%
  • Skin lacerations
    3%
  • Problems with walking
    3%
  • Chest pain
    3%
  • Problems with coordination
    3%
  • Weakness
    2%
  • Memory problems
    2%
  • Depression
    2%
  • Excessive sweating
    2%
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25possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    20%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Drowsiness
    11%
  • Nausea
    10%
  • Double vision
    9%
  • Blurry vision
    6%
  • Vomiting
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Inability to control your movements
    4%
  • Falls
    3%
  • Loss of balance
    3%
  • Dizziness or spinning sensation
    2%
  • Other vision problems
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Inflammation of stomach
    2%
  • Lack of energy
    2%
  • Problems with walking
    2%
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
    2%
  • Urinary tract infections
    2%
  • Low sodium levels
    2%
  • Tremor
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal behavior
    • Taking other medicines to control seizures
  • Dizziness and difficulty controlling movements
    • Taking other medicines to control seizures
  • Problems with the heartbeat
    • History of problems with the heartbeat
    • Heart attack
    • Heart failure
    • Heart disease
  • Fainting
    • Taking high doses of Vimpat (lacosamide)
    • Heart disease
    • Taking drugs that slow heart rate
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Stopping Vimpat (lacosamide) suddenly
  • Severe allergic reactions
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  • Changes in mood and suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Serious skin problems
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Low sodium levels
  • Changes in alertness
    • Higher doses of Aptiom (eslicarbazepine)
  • Risk of increased seizures
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