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Although most people do not experience any problems while taking Gabitril, side effects are possible. Some of the most commonly reported side effects include dizziness, weakness, and shakiness. However, some side effects of Gabitril are more serious and may require immediate medical attention. These include hostility, confusion, and signs of an allergic reaction.
An Introduction to Gabitril Side EffectsAs with any medicine, side effects are possible with Gabitril® (tiagabine hydrochloride); however, not everyone who takes the medication will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Gabitril. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Gabitril side effects with you.)
Common Gabitril Side EffectsGabitril has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Gabitril included:
- Dizziness -- in up to 31 percent of people
- Weakness -- up to 23 percent
- Shakiness (tremor) -- up to 21 percent
- Drowsiness -- up to 21 percent
- Accidental injury -- up to 21 percent
- Infections -- up to 19 percent
- Nervousness -- up to 14 percent
- Problems with concentration or attention -- up to 14 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 1 to 11 percent of people) included:
- Flu-like symptoms, such as chills or body aches
- General pain
- Abdominal pain (stomach pain)
- Muscle pain
- Coordination problems
- Insomnia (see Gabitril and Insomnia)
- Vision problems
- Urinary tract infection (UTI or bladder infection)
- Nausea or vomiting
- Speech problems
- Sore throat
- Flushing or hot flashes
- Increased appetite.