Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride)

General Information

Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride) is an anti-convulsive medication. It may be used alone or with another drug. It is used for the treatment of focal seizures. It is a type of seizure that affects initially only one hemisphere of the brain. This medication appears to operate as a selective GABA reuptake inhibitor.

How does Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride) work?

Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride) works by stabilizing electrical activity in the brain. It affects the activity of a neurotransmitter called GABA. Neurotransmitters are natural body chemicals that are stored in nerve cells. They are tangled in passing on messages between the nerve cells. GABA acts as a natural nerve-calming agent and is a neurotransmitter. It helps keep the electrical nerve activity in the brain in balance.

This medication prevents the reuptake of GABA in the brain. This enables GABA to calm the nerve activity in the rain for a longer period of time. Through that, it helps to prevent seizures.

Why use Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride)?

Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride) comes as a tablet for oral administration. Each tablet contains an active ingredient of Tiagabine Hydrochloride. It is available in the strengths of 2 mg, 4 mg, 12 mg, and 16 mg. This drug is known as an anticonvulsant drug. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has already approved this medication.  

How to use Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride)?

Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride) is to be taken by mouth with a full glass of water. It is usually taken with food as directed by your doctor. During the first week of treatment, this drug is usually taken once a day.

The dosage is based on your medical condition and response. Your doctor may direct you to start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase your dose. It is to decrease the risk of side effects.

What are the side-effects of Gabitril (Tiagabine Hydrochloride)?

  • Dizziness
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Nervousness
  • Drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Weakness
  • Shaking
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Stomach pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Weight changes
  • Lack of coordination
  • Sleep problems or insomnia
  • Inability to concentrate

Warnings and Precautions

  • Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are allergic to it. This drug may have an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
  • Limit alcoholic beverages while taking this medicine.
  • During pregnancy, this drug should only be used when clearly needed. If you are breastfeeding women, consult your doctor first before taking it.
  • Keep this and all of your drugs away from the reach of children.