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Fycompa

Perampanel

PERAMPANEL is used to treat certain types of seizures in patients with epilepsy. Compare AMPA receptor antagonists.
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Fycompa Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.

Visit your doctor or healthcare professional for regular checks on your progress. Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.

It is important to take this medicine exactly as directed. When first starting treatment, your dose will need to be adjusted slowly. It may take weeks or months before your dose is stable. You should contact your doctor or healthcare professional if your seizures get worse or if you have any new types of seizures. Do not stop taking this medicine unless instructed by your doctor or healthcare professional. Stopping your medicine suddenly can increase your seizures or their severity.

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.

Some birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

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

Aggression or anger

anxiety

clumsiness or unsteadiness

dry mouth

hyperventilation

irregular heartbeats

irritability

restlessness

shakiness and unsteady walk

shortness of breath

sleepiness or unusual drowsiness

trouble sleeping

unsteadiness, trembling, or other problems with muscle control or coordination

unusual tiredness or weakness

Less common

Abnormal or decreased touch sensation

burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings

Incidence not known

Changes in behavior

depression

thoughts of killing oneself

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

Dizziness or lightheadedness

feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings

headache

nausea

sensation of spinning

stomach pain

Less common

Back pain

bloating or swelling of the face, arms, hands, lower legs, or feet

blurred vision

body aches or pain

bone pain

changes in speech patterns

chills

confusion

cough

decreased urine output

difficulty having a bowel movement (stool)

difficulty with moving

double vision

ear congestion

fast or irregular heartbeat

fever

increased thirst

lack or loss of strength

loss of voice

muscle pain or cramps

muscle stiffness

nasal congestion

nausea or vomiting

pain in the arms or legs

pain in the joints

runny nose

slurred speech

sneezing

sore throat

trouble remembering

trouble with speaking

unusual weight gain or loss

unusually deep sleep

Incidence not known

Unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness

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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