Specialty Drug


Vigabatrin (Sabril) is an expensive drug used to control seizures caused by certain types of epilepsy. This drug is less popular than comparable drug. There are currently no generic alternatives to Sabril. It is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower. Compare anti-epileptics.

Vigabatrin Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. This medicine needs careful monitoring.

It is important to get regular vision tests while taking this medicine. Report any changes in your vision to your health care professional right away.

Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.

This medicine may cause changes to MRI test results; ask your healthcare provider for more information.

Women who become pregnant while using this medicine may enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. This registry collects information about the safety of antiepileptic drug use during pregnancy.


Interactions with Medications

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Blue-yellow color blindness

blurred vision

decreased vision or other vision changes

eye pain

increase in seizures

loss of memory

problems with memory

Less common or rare

Uncontrolled rolling eye movements

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Abdominal or stomach pain

abnormal coordination


burning, tingling, or prickly sensations






double vision or seeing double


increased movement

joint pain

mental depression

sleepiness or unusual drowsiness



trouble sitting still


Less common



increased saliva

muscle weakness


poor concentration

speech disorder

thinking abnormal

trouble sleeping


weight gain

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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