What should I know about Potiga before taking it?

Before taking Potiga (ezogabine), you should know why your doctor prescribed this medication, how to take it safely and what side effects it may cause. Potiga is a prescription medication taken with other medications to treat partial seizures (also known as focal seizures) in adults who have the brain disorder epilepsy.

You should know that common side effects include skin color changes, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, tremor, coordination problems, double vision, difficulty paying attention, memory impairment and weakness. Some people who take Potiga also experience problems urinating, including painful urination, trouble starting urination or completely emptying the bladder and a weak urine stream. Potiga can cause changes in the eye that can lead to vision loss. People should have eye exams every six months while taking Potiga.

Changes in your mental health are also possible when you take Potiga. Call your doctor if you experience aggressive or hostile thoughts or behavior, hear or see things that are not real, feel unusually suspicious or distrustful, or have suicidal thoughts or behaviors or other extreme changes in behavior or mood. Don't stop taking Potiga without talking with your doctor first. Stopping Potiga suddenly may cause more frequent seizures.

Potiga can lead to drug dependence in some people. You should take Potiga only if your doctor prescribes it and exactly follow your doctor's instructions for taking it.

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