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What does it do?

Vigabatrin is used to treat and prevent seizures.

How should you take it?

Take vigabatrin regularly as directed with a glass of water.

What if you forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as possible and continue as directed.

Can you take other medicines?

Some medicines available without a prescription may react with vigabatrin including:

  • anti-nausea medicines (e.g. Buccastem®, Scopoderm®, Sea-legs®)
  • some antihistamines (may be in anti-allergy, anti-nausea and cough/cold medicines)

Tell your pharmacist or doctor about all medicines or treatments that you may be taking, including vitamins, herbal products (e.g. ginkgo) or recreational drugs (e.g. ecstasy).

What side effects might you notice?

Side EffectsRecommended action

Suicidal thoughts

Tell your doctor immediately

Changes in vision

Confusion, drowsiness or weakness

Anxiety, irritability, loss of co-ordination/walking or handwriting problems, low mood, memory problems, trouble concentrating, trouble speaking

Tell your doctor

Tiredness, headache, dizziness

Tremor, tingling or numbness, joint, muscle or bone aches and pains

Weight gain, swollen feet or legs

Stomach upset

Tell your doctor if troublesome

If you notice any other effects, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.

Other information:

  • Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
  • Vigabatrin may make you dizzy or sleepy and make it dangerous to drive, operate machinery or do other activities that require you to be alert. Limit alcohol intake because it can increase these effects.
  • You may need regular eye tests while taking vigabatrin. Talk to your doctor.
  • Do not stop taking vigabatrin without talking to your doctor first.

This leaflet contains important, but not all, information about this medicine.

Prepared by the PILs Committee at Christchurch Hospital, Canterbury District Health Board, New Zealand. January 2018

For more general information about this sheet and its contents, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

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About My Medicines

My Medicines Patient Information Leaflets (PILs) contain important, but not all, information about the medicines they describe.

For more information about the sheets, see: What does a My Medicines sheet cover?

My Medicines is developed by a team at the Canterbury District Health Board. Our team is made up of doctors, pharmacists, and a non-medical person to help us keep to plain language. We also discuss our information with specialist health professionals or groups when needed