Clinical Effects of FelbatolClinical studies have shown that Felbatol can reduce the frequency of partial seizures in people with epilepsy. In these studies, Felbatol was either used alone or with other common seizure medications. It has also been shown to increase the time between seizures in people whose epilepsy was uncontrolled on other medications.
In one study, Felbatol was shown to reduce the number of seizures in children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Although these children were taking one or two other seizure medications, they were still experiencing at least 90 seizures each month.
In this study, the children who were given Felbatol in addition to their other seizure medications had 26 percent fewer seizures of any type, on average. Children who were given a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients) in addition to their other seizure medications had 5 percent more seizures, on average.
When and How to Take ItSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Felbatol include the following:
- Felbatol comes in tablet and liquid form. It is usually taken by mouth three or four times a day.
- Shake the liquid well before taking it.
- Felbatol can be taken with or without food. Try taking it with food if it seems to bother your stomach.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
Dosing InformationThe dose of Felbatol your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors including:
- How well your kidneys are functioning
- Your age
- Weight (for children)
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
(Click Felbatol Dosage for more information.)