Gabitril

(tiagabine)

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Used with other medicines to control seizures.

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Gabitril (tiagabine) is good when used with other medicines to control your seizures.

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Quick facts about Gabitril
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (tiagabine)

Upsides

  • Gabitril (tiagabine) is a good medicine to take along with your other medicines to control seizures.
  • Gabitril (tiagabine) comes in different strengths, so your dose can be customized to what controls your seizures best.
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Downsides

  • Gabitril (tiagabine) is only available as a brand name, so your copay might be more expensive than other medicines.
  • You have to raise the dose of Gabitril (tiagabine) slowly over a 6 week period since your body takes time to adjust to the medicine.
  • Gabitril (tiagabine) is only approved for people age 12 or older.
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How it works

Gabitril (tiagabine) is a GABA (neurotransmitter) reuptake inhibitor. It raises the amount of GABA in the brain, which stops seizures from happening.

Quick facts about Gabitril
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (tiagabine)

Used for

  • Partial seizures (combination)
  • Partial seizures (single)

Dosage forms

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What to expect when you take Gabitril (tiagabine) for Partial seizures (combination)

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  • Starts to kick in
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  • Possible side effects
  • Trouble concentrating
  • Weakness
  • Sleepiness
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Tremor
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Side effect rates for Gabitril (tiagabine)

From 769 clinical trials of Gabitril when taken for partial seizures (combination)
  • Dizziness
    27%27%
    15%15%
  • Weakness
    20%20%
    14%14%
  • Sleepiness
    18%18%
    15%15%
  • Nausea
    11%11%
    9%9%
  • Nervousness
    10%10%
    3%3%
  • Tremor
    9%9%
    3%3%
  • Abdominal pain
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Diarrhea
    7%7%
    3%3%
  • Vomiting
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Sore throat
    7%7%
    4%4%
  • Difficulty with concentration
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Trouble sleeping
    6%6%
    4%4%
  • Pain
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Confusion
    5%5%
    3%3%
  • Skin rash
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Speech problems
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Difficulty with memory
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Cough
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Depression
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Mood swings
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Difficulty walking
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Opening of the blood vessels
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Increased appetite
    2%2%
  • Aggressive behavior
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Difficulty controlling eyes
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Language problems
    2%2%
  • Itching
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Gabitril.

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Risks and Warnings for Gabitril (tiagabine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking medicines for seizures

    Studies found that people taking Gabitril (tiagabine) had higher rates of suicide. If your mood worsens while taking Gabitril (tiagabine) or you feel that you want to hurt yourself, talk to your doctor right away.

Pharmacist Q&A

Gabitril (tiagabine) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats partial seizures in adults and adolescents 12 years and older.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats partial seizures in adults and adolescents 12 years and older.

Common concerns from people taking Gabitril (tiagabine)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Gabitril
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Food
  • Take Gabitril (tiagabine) with food to avoid stomach upset.
Sleep
  • People have complained of feeling weak or tired while taking Gabitril (tiagabine). This is usually very mild, and changing the dose or stopping it will take care of the weakness. Talk to your doctor if it bothers you.