VIMPAT® (lacosamide) Important Safety Information about VIMPAT

Partial-Onset Seizures

They can be subtle and often go unrecognized, yet they affect about 60% of people living with epilepsy. They are partial-onset seizures — also called "focal seizures" or simply "partial seizures." Learn more below...and hear from some people who are striving to control them.

About 60% of people with epilepsy have partial-onset seizures.

Partial-Onset Seizure Facts


While tonic-clonic seizures (also known as grand mal) are the most recognized, more than half of people with epilepsy have partial-onset seizures. What are they? And can they be controlled? Next >

Partial-onset seizures are different from generalized seizures because they start in only one side of the brain.

Partial-onset seizures are different from generalized seizures because they start in only one side of the brain. They come in many forms and can be harder to spot. Some people experiencing partial-onset seizures may not even recognize that they're having seizures. Next >

People experiencing complex partial seizures may appear 'spaced out' for a moment, or have repetitive behavior such as picking at their clothes or smacking their lips.

Complex partial seizures impair consciousness or can cause some people to lose consciousness entirely. People experiencing one may appear "spaced out" for a moment, or have repetitive behavior such as picking at their clothes or smacking their lips. Next >

Simple partial seizures might cause an involuntary movement of the leg, an occasional sense of déjà vu, or the perception of an odor that isn't really there.

Simple partial seizures can be even more subtle. While the person cannot control the seizure itself, he or she remains aware that something is going on. For example, simple partial seizures might cause an involuntary movement of the leg, an occasional sense of déjà vu, or the perception of an odor that isn’t really there. Next >

Some simple partial seizures start with a feeling of déjà vu.

“My first seizure started with the feeling of déjà vu. I didn’t realize it was a seizure, but it was. It was a simple partial seizure. That was the beginning of my realization that I had epilepsy.” — Mark A., currently taking VIMPAT for partial-onset seizures. Next >

Partial-onset seizures can sometimes generalize and spread across the entire brain, often resulting in a convulsive seizure.

Partial-onset seizures can sometimes generalize and spread across the entire brain, often resulting in a convulsive seizure. This type of seizure is called a secondarily generalized partial-onset seizure. Next >

Partial-onset seizures can sometimes generalize and spread across the entire brain, often resulting in a convulsive seizure. This type of seizure is called a secondarily generalized partial-onset seizure.

If you or a loved one has succeeded in controlling generalized seizures, you might think living with a few partial seizures is “good enough.” But with persistence, additional control of partial seizures might be possible, too. Next >

Hear from patients taking VIMPAT for partial-onset seizures.

“Your doctors are there to help you. But you have to take that first step. You have to be the one to say, ‘I want more.’” — Rick S., currently taking VIMPAT for partial-onset seizures. Restart >


Hear from others about Partial-Onset Seizures


VIMPAT: An Add-On Treatment for Partial-Onset Seizures in Adults with Epilepsy

VIMPAT® (lacosamide)

VIMPAT: An Add-On Epilepsy Treatment for Partial-Onset Seizures in Adults with Epilepsy

Have you asked your doctor about VIMPAT? VIMPAT has been proven to significantly reduce the number of partial-onset seizures. In clinical studies, many patients who added VIMPAT reduced their partial-onset seizures by 50% or more. The most common side effects seen with VIMPAT were dizziness, headache, nausea, and double vision. Please refer to the Important Safety Information below for more details.
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INDICATION

VIMPAT® (lacosamide) is a prescription medicine that is used with other medicines to treat partial-onset seizures in people 17 years of age and older with epilepsy.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

VIMPAT may not be for everyone. Ask your healthcare provider if VIMPAT is right for you.

Warnings and Precautions

Antiepileptic drugs, including VIMPAT, may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have new or worsening symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts about self harm that you have never had before or may be worse than before.

Do not stop taking VIMPAT without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping VIMPAT suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop.

VIMPAT may also cause you to feel dizzy, have double vision, feel sleepy, or have problems with coordination and walking. You should not drive, operate machinery or do other dangerous activities until you know how VIMPAT affects you.

VIMPAT may cause you to have an irregular heartbeat or may cause you to feel faint. Call your healthcare provider if you have a fast, slow, or pounding heartbeat, shortness of breath, feel lightheaded, or if you fainted or feel like you are going to faint.

VIMPAT is a federally controlled substance (C-V) because it can be abused or lead to drug dependence. Keep your VIMPAT in a safe place to protect it from theft. Do not give it to anyone else, because it may harm them.

In rare cases, VIMPAT may cause a serious allergic reaction that may affect your skin or other parts of your body such as your liver or blood cells. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have a skin rash or hives, fever or swollen glands that do not go away, shortness of breath, swelling of the legs, yellowing of the skin or whites of the eyes, or dark urine.

Before taking VIMPAT, tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior; have heart, kidney or liver problems; have abused prescription medicines, street drugs or alcohol in the past, are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Common Adverse Reactions

In clinical trials, the most common side effects seen with VIMPAT were dizziness, headache, nausea, and double vision.

Talk to your healthcare provider about other possible side effects with VIMPAT. You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

Please see the additional patient information in the Patient Medication Guide.

This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your condition or your treatment.

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