Who should not take Potiga?

You should not take Potiga (ezogabine) if your doctor hasn't prescribed it for you, if it is not considered safe for you or if you are at increased risk of side effects from the drug. Potiga is an antiseizure medication prescribed for adults who have epilepsy. When taken along with other medicines, Potiga can reduce the frequency of partial (or "focal") seizures, the most common type of seizures in people with epilepsy.

People who may not be good candidates for treatment with Potiga include:
  • Anyone who has a history of trouble urinating. In studies, about 2% of people who used Potiga had trouble emptying their bladders completely or pain or difficulty urinating.
  • Women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or plan to become pregnant. There isn't enough evidence that Potiga is safe to use during pregnancy or while nursing. 
  • Children. Potiga has not been adequately studied in people younger than 18 years old. 
  • Anyone who has a history of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, psychosis, aggressive or hostile behavior or other problems. Taking Potiga may raise your risk for these problems as well as suicidal thoughts or behavior. Be sure to tell your doctor about your mental health history before starting treatment with Potiga.
  • People who have specific heart conditions or who take certain heart medications. They may be at increased risk of heart rhythm changes and other problems. Consult your doctor.
  • People who drink alcohol. Drinking alcohol may increase side effects of Potiga.
Be sure to tell your doctor about any medical condition you have as well as any medications or supplements you take before starting treatment with Potiga.

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