Partial seizures, the type that Fycompa is designed to treat, are the most common type of seizure. About 60% of epilepsy patients have partial seizures, which involve only one part of the brain. They can, however, spread throughout
the brain, becoming what’s referred to as generalized seizures.
In three clinical trials, Fycompa significantly reduced the frequency of partial seizures compared to placebo. But the drug does come with a host of potential side effects, including
a boxed warning about serious, possibly life-threatening neuropsychiatric side effects. These include:
A few patients exhibited violent
thoughts and threatening behavior. Patients should be monitored for such side effects during the early course of treatment, as their bodies adjust to the new medication.
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The most common side
effects of Fycompa include:
Upper respiratory tract infection
Loss of muscle coordination (ataxia)
Excessive sleep (hypersomnia)
The drug, manufactured by New Jersey-based Eisai Inc., is a once-a-day tablet to
be taken at bedtime in doses ranging from 2 mg to 12 mg. According to an Eisai news release announcing its approval, the FDA has recommended that Fycompa be classified as a scheduled drug. That means it has the potential for abuse or addiction and that its
distribution will be tightly controlled.
The side effects my Son having are aggressive and affecting The school day. Giving cocktails of drugs for seizures just not acceptable. He's angry with everyone. He's having abnormal burping which isn't right.
He's not functioning right at all.
The drugs are not working. It's just too easy to give these drugs out without knowing what or how the person will react. Yes we know there are contraindications to drugs. When many are being used. I urge Clinicians
to take more important stances and check how the patient is coping. Not months delay in appointments to be reviewed.
Clobozam, Sodium Valporate, Perampanel (Fycompa) are the three drugs being used by my Son, with Midazolam being used as a Rescue
When the Drugs don't work. What's the best way to go? After every other viable alternative has been sought!