Aptiom vs. Trileptal

QUESTION

If you have had a seizure, it means you have epilepsy. See Answer

What Are Possible Side Effects of Aptiom?

Common side effects of Aptiom include:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Trileptal?

Common side effects of Trileptal include:

  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • tired feeling,
  • fatigue,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • upset stomach,
  • diarrhea,
  • headache,
  • mental slowness,
  • trouble concentrating,
  • trouble sleeping,
  • shaking,
  • acne,
  • skin rash,
  • blurred or double vision,
  • dry mouth,
  • constipation, and
  • problems with speech, balance, or walking.

What is Aptiom?

Aptiom is a prescription medicine used to treat partial-onset seizures.

It is not known if Aptiom is safe and effective in children under 4 years of age.

What is Trileptal?

Trileptal is a prescription medicine used:

  • alone or with other medicines to treat partial seizures in adults.
  • alone to treat partial seizures in children 4 years and older.
  • with other medicines to treat partial seizures in children 2 years and older

What Drugs Interact With Aptiom?

Taking Aptiom with certain other medicines may cause side effects or affect how well they work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.

Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:

Keep a list of them and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

What Drugs Interact With Trileptal?

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Taking Trileptal with certain other medicines may cause side effects or affect how well they work.

Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

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How Should Aptiom Be Taken?

Take Aptiom exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.

Do not stop taking Aptiomwithout talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping Aptiomsuddenly can cause serious problems, including seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).

Your healthcare provider may change your dose.

Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Aptiom to take.

Aptiom can be taken with or without food.

Aptiom can be taken as a whole tablet or crushed.

If you take too much Aptiom, call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.

Talk with your healthcare provider about what you should do if you miss a dose.

How Should Trileptal Be Taken?

Do not stop taking Trileptal without talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping Trileptal suddenly can cause serious problems, including seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).

Take Trileptal exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider may change your dose. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Trileptal to take.

Take Trileptal 2 times a day.

Take Trileptal with or without food.

Before taking Trileptal oral suspension shake the bottle well and use the oral dosing syringe to measure the amount of medicine needed. Trileptal oral suspension can be mixed in a small glass of water, or swallowed directly from the syringe. Clean the syringe with warm water and let it dry after each use.

If you take too much Trileptal, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center right away.

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References

Aptiom Prescribing Information.
http://www.aptiom.com/Aptiom-Medication-Guide.pdf
FDA. Trileptal Medication Guide.
https://www.fda.gov/downloads/Drugs/DrugSafety/UCM246799.pdf

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