Gabitril is a drug that was developed to treat partial seizures in patients over 12 years old. It is an anti-epilepsy drug (anti-seizure). Healthcare professionals commonly prescribe drugs for uses that are not part of the drug's original treatment area. This is true for Gabitril as doctors have been prescribing the drug to people with seizures that are not victims of epilepsy as well. The maker of Gabitril, as well as the FDA, is now encouraging doctors not to prescribe Gabitril to people that are not suffering from epilepsy. It has been shown, in numerous studies, that taking Gabitril when one is not epileptic actually increases the frequency of seizures.
As with any prescription drug, there are significant risks involved in taking this medicine. The risks for Gabitril include withdrawal seizures, thinking and concentration problems, tiredness and sleepiness, and serious rash. If Gabitril is stopped suddenly, the patient might go through withdrawal and experience seizures. Because Gabitril can cause tiredness and sleepiness, you should not drive or operate a car until you know how severely effected by Gabitril you will be. The less serious side effects of Gabitril include dizziness, lightheadedness, lack of energy, nausea, nervousness, irritabillity, tremors, and stomach pain.
In February of 2005, the FDA announced reports of Gabitril causing seizures. Seizures in people that were not epileptic were linked to Gabitril particularly after increasing a dosage. Gabitril is only approved when used with other anti-seizure drugs in patients over the age of 12.