Your doctor will let you know the amount of APTIOM you should be taking daily. He or she may make small increases to your APTIOM dosing based on your response to it. These increases may continue until you reach your maintenance dose (the regular amount you will take daily). Always be sure to follow your doctor's instructions.
APTIOM is taken once a day, either on its own or as an add-on medication. It can be taken whole or crushed, with or without food. It’s recommended that you take it at the same time each day.
It’s always important to ask your doctor about any side effects before starting a new medication. It’s also good to be aware of any changes in your physical, mental, and emotional states and share your experiences with your doctor.
The most common side effects in patients taking APTIOM include:
Always keep your doctor informed of any changes you may be experiencing.
APTIOM may interact with other medications you may be taking. Be sure to see the APTIOM Medication Guide, as these highlights do not include all the information needed to use APTIOM safely and effectively.
*Individual results may vary.
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION:
Most common adverse reactions: The most common side effects in patients taking APTIOM include dizziness, sleepiness, nausea, headache, double vision, vomiting, feeling tired, problems with coordination, blurred vision, and shakiness.
Pregnancy and lactation: APTIOM may cause your birth control medicine to be less effective. Talk to your health care provider about the best birth control method to use. APTIOM may harm your unborn baby. APTIOM passes into breast milk. Tell your health care provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. You and your health care provider will decide if you should take APTIOM. If you become pregnant while taking APTIOM, talk to your health care provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334.
Drug interactions: Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Taking APTIOM with certain other medicines may cause side effects or affect how well they work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your health care provider. Especially tell your health care provider if you take oxcarbazepine, carbamazepine, phenobarbital, phenytoin, primidone, clobazam, omeprazole, simvastatin, rosuvastatin, or birth control medicine.
Discontinuation: Do not stop taking APTIOM without first talking to your health care provider. Stopping APTIOM suddenly can cause serious problems.