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How can I minimize the side effects of Potiga?

There are several possible ways to minimize the side effects of Potiga (ezogabine), a prescription drug that is used to reduce the frequency of seizures in people who have epilepsy.
  • Keep a written list of all medications (prescription and nonprescription) and supplements that you take, and give a copy to your doctor. Do not take any new medication without talking to your doctor first. Taking Potiga at the same time as certain other medicines may increase your risk of side effects.
  • Exactly follow your doctor's instructions for taking Potiga, taking the recommended amount at the recommended time. Do not stop taking Potiga without consulting your doctor first. Stopping Potiga suddenly may increase your seizures.
  • Do not drink alcohol when taking Potiga. Drinking alcohol can worsen side effects. 
  • Tell your doctor about any side effect that bothers you or won't go away. Call your doctor immediately if you experience problems urinating or any change in your mood or behavior, especially if you are having suicidal thoughts or behavior, a side effect experienced by about 1 in 500 people who take Potiga.
  • Be sure your doctor is aware of any existing medical conditions you may have, especially any problems with your heart; tell your doctor if you take heart medication. Your doctor may want to monitor your heart closely while you are on Potiga. If you have liver or kidney problems or have ever struggled with depression, mood problems or thoughts of suicide in the past, tell your doctor before starting Potiga. 
  • If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or plan to become pregnant soon, talk to your doctor before taking Potiga. Potiga may not be safe to take during pregnancy and breast-feeding.
For more information about Potiga and its side effects or treating epileptic seizures, talk to your doctor.

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