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Three studies have shown that Gabitril is effective for treating partial seizures in adults and children as young as 12 years old. In these studies, people added either Gabitril or a placebo (a "sugar pill") to the seizure medications they were already taking. Those who added Gabitril decreased their rates of partial seizures by up to 36 percent, compared to just 3 percent in those who added the placebo to their seizure medications.

When and How to Take Gabitril

General considerations for when and how to take the medication include the following:
  • It comes in tablet form and is taken by mouth one to four times a day.
  • Usually, you will start with a low Gabitril dose and slowly increase up to an effective dose.
  • It should be taken with food.
  • You should take the medication at the same time(s) each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Gabitril will not work if you stop taking it.
  • Do not stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider (see Gabitril Withdrawal).

Dosing Information

The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Other medications you may be taking (especially other seizure medications)
  • Other medical conditions you may have.
As with any medicine, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Gabitril Dosage for more information.)
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