Potiga Side Effects
If you are taking Potiga, common side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and coordination problems may occur. Reactions such as these are usually minor and easy to treat. However, there are some common problems that are also potentially serious. For instance, contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop hallucinations, confusion, or any kind of bladder problem.
An Introduction to Potiga Side EffectsJust like any medicine, Potiga™ (ezogabine) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. 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 treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Potiga. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
Common Side Effects of PotigaPotiga has been studied extensively in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people taking Potiga (plus their usual seizure medications) were documented and then compared to the side effects that occurred in another group of people taking their usual seizure medications plus a placebo (a "sugar pill" that does not contain any active ingredients). As a result, it was possible to see what side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the group taking the placebo.
Because Potiga was used in combination with other seizure medications (not used alone) in clinical studies, the information from these studies probably does not accurately reflect the true incidence of side effects that Potiga actually causes.
In these studies, the most common side effects of Potiga (plus other seizure medications) included:
- Dizziness -- in up to 32 percent of people
- Drowsiness -- up to 27 percent
- Fatigue -- up to 16 percent
- Confusion -- up to 16 percent
- Shakiness (tremors) -- up to 12 percent
- Coordination problems -- up to 12 percent.
Other common side effects, occurring in 2 to 10 percent of people, included:
- Double vision
- Blurred vision
- Indigestion or heartburn
- General weakness
- The flu
- Weight gain
- Memory problems
- A spinning sensation (vertigo)
- Trouble paying attention
- Changes in walking gait
- Difficulty speaking
- Balance problems
- Unusual sensations (such as numbness or tingling)
- Memory loss (amnesia)
- Psychiatric disorders (unspecified)
- Painful urination
- Difficulty passing urine
- Blood in the urine
- Abnormal urine color.