LACOSAMIDE: FDA Approved Drugs and User Comments

User Comments:

For Seizures: “I’ve been on over 30 AEDs since I was 12 years old. I also had a left-temporal lobectomy in 1999. I still have seizures, but not as many and not as violent. I believe lacosamide has helped. I’m up to 800mg/day, and I certainly have side effects of bad balance, dizziness, short-term memory problems, and shakiness, but I’d rather have those problems than have my seizures. Lacosamide didn’t do as well by itself as it doing now with Aptiom at 300mg/day. With the addition of Aptiom, I couldn’t even walk, and I still had simple-partial seizures weekly. Now I’m down to less than three seizures monthly. Side effects are still a problem, but I’d still rather have those than seizures.”

Male; 63 (taken for 2 to 5 years) January 14, 2018

Vimpat (lacosamide) for Seizures: “I have grand mal (tonic-clonic) seizures which are the full body go crazy type. They started 2 years ago with no warning or cause. I’m now 28 years old and the neurologist at mayo and scans/images see nothing wrong. I started with keppra but that didn’t do a thing. I used to have 1-3 seizures every 30 days. I started on 100mg, then 200mg twice daily since May 2017 and seizures have at least lessened to at most once a month. I went 3 months before a seizure (new record!) which is great. also lessened the strength of my seizures and the postictal phase.I do experience heavy memory loss, difficulty remembering new things, random headaches, difficulty w/ speech and finding the right words, and rarely random dizziness but that goes away quick.Overall, I can work and I’m still me”

Delty (taken for 6 months to 1 year) December 13, 2017

For Seizures: “I’ve only been on vimpat/lacosamide for absence seizures for five days so far, so I can’t say how affective it is yet for sure (I’m having the same amount of seizures I’ve had since taking lamotrigine for the past 3 years). I have noticed in the first 2 days I had nausea & headaches, but now by far the worst side effect I’ve had is stuttering, choppy speech and forgetting simple words. Ever since taking epilim chrono, I’ve had side effects with basically all the other meds I’ve taken since (the month & a half I was on epilim was simultaneously great & bad, bc it took away most of my seizures but I had almost every side effect listed, so I’m wondering if anyone else has had the experience of that?) I’m hoping the side effects might pass ugh”

ghost5 December 5, 2017

Vimpat (lacosamide) for Seizures: “Had blurry double vision first week and half, felt mildly drunk headed also random spaciness and yes that’s a word lol. Also on Trileptal. so far it’s helped but it seems to be an intoxicating substance or it really brings out the side effect profile of clonazepam. I would bet its Vimpat alone.”

Anonymous (taken for less than 1 month) November 12, 2017

Vimpat (lacosamide) for Seizures: “It was a great drug has stopped my seizures for 5 years. But the problem is I think I am very allergic to the medication. I started having side affects that I noticed about a year after starting vimpat. Extreme hair loss to where it was just falling out in the showe,r my hair has thinned so much. Itching all over my body scalp legs arms. Ringing in my ears. Little bumps all over my body, I have gone to a dermatologist but he says it’s dermatitis I have never had that until vimpat. The newest thing in the last 2 years severe cystic acne on my face, I have never had acne maybe a bump or 2 as a teenager. 2 years ago at 36 I started getting painful cystic acne this is also because of vimpat. And last of all weight gain, I am 38.”

Anonymous (taken for 2 to 5 years) October 14, 2017

Vimpat (lacosamide) for Seizures: “I have been using vimpat since 2011. I found a New Doctor in 2011 he ordered Vimpat 100mg 2x a day, along with Clonezapam .05 2x a day, Somehow this was the perfect combination of both medicines as I have been Seizure free for 5 years! Vimpat Works For Me! :-)”

Rboo September 24, 2017

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