Sabril

(vigabatrin)

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Controls seizures in adults and treats infantile spasms.

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Sabril (vigabatrin) should not be the first medicine used to treat complex partial seizures, but it may work for people who did not respond to other drugs. It is also used in children 1 month to 2 years old with infantile spasms.

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Quick facts about Sabril
  • Drug class: neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (vigabatrin)

Upsides

  • Sabril (vigabatrin) is a good option for those who have tried several other treatments for their complex partial seizures that did not work.
  • Sabril (vigabatrin) is 1 of only 2 medicines approved for the treatment of infantile spasms. It's a good option if your child did not respond to or did not tolerate the other medicine.
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Downsides

  • A tingling, numbness, or a burning sensation in your fingers and toes can occur and may not go away after you stop Sabril (vigabatrin).
  • May be a lot more expensive than other alternative medicines.
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How it works

The exact way Sabril (vigabatrin) works is not known but it helps keep electrical signals in your brain in balance.

Quick facts about Sabril
  • Drug class: neurology
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (vigabatrin)

Used for

  • Seizures
  • Infantile spasms

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Powder
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What to expect when you take Sabril (vigabatrin) for Seizures and infantile spasms

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  • Possible side effects
  • Double vision
  • Sleepiness
  • Weight gain
  • Headache
  • Blurred vision
  • Fatigue
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Side effect rates for Sabril (vigabatrin)

From 108 clinical trials of Sabril when taken for infantile spasms (high dose (100-148 mg/kg/day))
  • Upper respiratory tract infection
    46%46%
  • Ear infection
    30%30%
  • Irritability
    23%23%
  • Vomiting
    20%20%
  • Fever
    19%19%
  • Viral infection
    19%19%
  • Somnolence (sleepiness)
    19%19%
  • Sedation
    17%17%
  • Ear infection
    14%14%
  • Constipation
    12%12%
  • Diarrhea
    12%12%
  • Trouble sleeping
    12%12%
  • Pneumonia
    11%11%
  • Rash
    11%11%
  • Sinusitis (sinus infection)
    9%9%
  • Cough
    8%8%
  • Less appetite
    7%7%
  • Lack of energy
    7%7%
  • Convulsion (rapid and uncontrollable shaking of the body)
    7%7%
  • Urinary tract infection
    6%6%
  • Poor muscle tone
    6%6%
  • Crossed eye
    5%5%
  • Stomach flu
    5%5%
  • Status epilepticus
    4%4%
  • Nasal congestion
    4%4%
  • Fungal infection
    3%3%
  • Flu
    3%3%
  • Pink eye
    2%2%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Sabril.

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Risks and Warnings for Sabril (vigabatrin)

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  • Sabril (vigabatrin) can affect your vision. You may only be able to see things straight in front of you or you may also have blurry vision. If this happens, it will not get better. Tell your doctor right away if you are more clumsy than usual. Your doctor should check your vision often while you are on Sabril (vigabatrin), and for some time after Sabril (vigabatrin) is stopped.

    This is a black box warning. The FDA requires this warning when there is a significant risk of serious or life-threatening effects that anyone taking the drug should consider.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Common concerns from people taking Sabril (vigabatrin)

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Food
  • Sabril (vigabatrin) is usually taken two times a day. You can take it with or without food.
Weight
  • People on Sabril (vigabatrin) have reported weight gain. If this concerns you, talk to your doctor.