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Roweepra vs. Sabril

Are Roweepra and Sabril the Same Thing?

Roweepra (levetiracetam) and Sabril (vigabatrin) are antiseizure (antiepileptic) drugs indicated for adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in patients with epilepsy.

Roweepra is also used to treat myoclonic seizures in patients 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 6 years of age and older with idiopathic generalized epilepsy.

The powder form of Sabril is also used to treat infantile spasms in babies and children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years.

Side effects of Roweepra and Sabril that are similar include drowsiness, dizziness, fatigue/tiredness, stuffy nose, and irritability.

Side effects of Roweepra that are different from Sabril include weakness, infection, aggression, and decreased appetite.

Side effects of Sabril that are different from Roweepra include headache, memory problems, weight gain, swelling anywhere in your body, numbness/burning pain/tingly feeling in your hands or feet, loss of coordination, joint pain, cold symptoms (such as fever, sneezing, sore throat), nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and sleep problems (insomnia).

Roweepra may interact with other drugs.

Sabril may interact with cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicines for depression or anxiety, amiodarone, clonazepam, deferoxamine, ethambutol, hydroxychloroquine, phenytoin, tamoxifen, and steroids.

Antiepileptic drugs, including Roweepra, should be withdrawn gradually to minimize the potential of increased seizure frequency.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Roweepra?

Common side effects of Roweepra include:

  • drowsiness,
  • weakness,
  • infection, and
  • dizziness.

Common side effects of Roweepra in children include:

  • fatigue,
  • aggression,
  • stuffy nose,
  • decreased appetite, and
  • irritability.

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including Roweepra, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication. Tell your doctor if this occurs.

What Are Possible Side Effects of Sabril?

Common side effects of Sabril include:

  • headache,
  • irritability,
  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness,
  • tiredness,
  • memory problems,
  • weight gain,
  • swelling anywhere in your body,
  • numbness/burning pain/tingly feeling in your hands or feet,
  • loss of coordination,
  • joint pain,
  • cold symptoms (such as stuffy nose, fever, sneezing, sore throat),
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • diarrhea, or
  • sleep problems (insomnia).

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of of Sabril including:

What Is Roweepra?

Roweepra (levetiracetam) is an antiseizure (antiepileptic) drug indicated for adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial onset seizures in patients one month of age and older with epilepsy, myoclonic seizures in patients 12 years of age and older with juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, and primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 6 years of age and older with idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Roweepra is available in generic form.

What Is Sabril?

Sabril (vigabatrin) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant, used in combination with other medications to treat complex partial seizures in adults and adolescents who are at least 16 years old. Sabril is usually given after other anti-epileptic medications have been tried without successful control of seizures. The powder form of Sabril is used to treat infantile spasms in babies and children between the ages of 1 month and 2 years.

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What Drugs Interact With Roweepra?

Roweepra may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

What Drugs Interact With Sabril?

Sabril may interact with cold or allergy medicines, sedatives, narcotics, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, medicines for depression or anxiety, amiodarone, clonazepam, deferoxamine, ethambutol, hydroxychloroquine, phenytoin, tamoxifen, or steroids. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Sabril should be used only if prescribed.

How Should Roweepra Be Taken?

The Roweepra dosing regimen depends on the indication, age group, dosage form (tablets or oral solution), and renal function.

How Should Sabril Be Taken?

The recommended dose of Sabril in adults is 3 g/day (1.5 g twice daily).

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Reviewed on 10/15/2019
References
Dailymed. Roweepra Product Information

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=eb66dee6-1d92-4b2d-ae4a-232faf129f24

Lundbeck. Sabril Product Information.

https://www.sabril.net/
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