What is Vigabatrin?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Sabril

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Vigabatrin is the generic for Sabril. It is used to treat seizures and infantile spasms.

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 5

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Vigabatrin

Side effect Patients
Personality changes due to medication 1
Weight gain 1

Why patients stopped taking Vigabatrin

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
See all 7 patients who've stopped taking Vigabatrin

Duration

Stopped taking Vigabatrin

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 1
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 5
Usually 0
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 4
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 3
Not specified 3

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Vigabatrin after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Gabapentin (Neurontin) 1
Lamotrigine (Lamictal) 1

Patients stopped taking Vigabatrin and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Topiramate (Topamax) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Vigabatrin

Jul 19, 2012 (Started Aug 05, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (personality changes due to medication, weight gain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: company is great to work with, meds have to be shipped but always on time. They arranged co pay and payment for every 3 month eye exam required by FDA.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: personality changes due to medication

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 21, 2011 (Started May 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: I was put on Sabril because I kept on having seizures. After being put on it I still had seizures so I'm currently coming off of it after taking it for about a year. Two reasons for coming off of it: 1, it wasn't stopping the seizures, 2, its "toxic." Sabril is a experimental drug that can cause blindness so my doctor said if it isn't stopping the seizures I'm coming off of it. I was on high dosages along with the other medication I also have to take.

Jan 1, 2011 (Started May 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: It wasn't stopping the seizures so the doctor said if it's not working then it's not worth the risk of losing my eye sight. Still have to get my retina checked regularly to see if the medication effected it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 21, 2010 (Started May 21, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 500 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: I just started taking this today(May 21, 2010). The plan is 1 500mg tablet for one week, 2 for one week, and finally 3 for 1 week and that's what I'll be taking. Its been FDA approved for 6 months and it was created in France. Its delivered from the company and not found in any pharmacy and because of that I had to speak with a company representative and I also had to fill out a disclaimer form. The form is for its largest side effect which is vision loss so I have to get my eyes checked every 3 months. The first round of medication is on the company.

  • 0 helpful marks
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