Felbatol is approved for treating certain types of seizures in adults and children. Specifically, this prescription medication is licensed for treating partial seizures in adults and Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in children. Because it can cause serious side effects, Felbatol should only be used in people who have severe epilepsy that is not adequately controlled with other medications.
What Is Felbatol Used For?Felbatol® (felbamate) is a prescription medication used for treating severe epilepsy when other seizure medications have not adequately worked to prevent seizures. Specifically, this medication is approved to treat the following types of seizures:
- Partial seizures, either alone or in combination with other seizure medications
- Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in children, in combination with other seizure medications.
Felbatol should only be used in people with severe epilepsy that has not been adequately treated with other medications, as it has the potential to cause serious side effects (see Felbatol Side Effects).
What Is Epilepsy?Epilepsy is a neurological condition associated with abnormal electrical signaling in the brain. These abnormal electrical signals can lead to seizures. Therefore, epilepsy is sometimes called a seizure disorder.
However, a person can have a seizure and not have epilepsy. For example, alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures. For a person to be diagnosed with epilepsy, he or she must have at least two seizures that are not due to other medical causes.
In over half of all cases, the cause of epilepsy is not known. When the cause is known, it may be one of the following:
- Other medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease
- Head trauma
- A brain tumor or brain infection, such as meningitis
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Genetics (see Genes and Epilepsy).