What is it and how is it used?

Vimpat is used to treat a certain form of epilepsy (see below) in patients aged 16 years and older. Vimpat is used in addition to other antiepileptic medicines.
Epilepsy is a condition where the patients have repeated fits (seizures). Vimpat is used for the epilepsy form in which the fits initially affect only one side of the brain, but could thereafter extend to larger areas on both sides of the brain (partial onset seizure with or without secondary generalisation).

Table of Contents
What do you have to consider before using it?
How is it used?
What are possible side effects?
How should it be stored?
Further information

What do you have to consider before using it?

Do NOT take Vimpat

  • if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to lacosamide, or any of the other ingredients of Vimpat (listed in Section 6). If you are not sure whether you are allergic, please discuss with your doctor
  • if you suffer from a certain type of heart rhythm disorder (second or third degree AV block)

Take special care with Vimpat

Please inform your doctor about the following:

  • if you are taking any medicine which can cause an abnormality on the ECG (electrocardiogram) called increased PR interval, for example medicines used to treat certain types of irregular heart beat or heart failure. If you are not sure if the medicines you are taking could have this effect, discuss this with your doctor.
  • if you suffer from a severe heart disease such as heart rhythm disorder, heart failure or heart attack

Vimpat may cause dizziness, which could increase the risk of accidental injury or a fall. Therefore, you should be careful until you are used to the effects this medicine might have.

A small number of people being treated with anti-epileptics such as lacosamide have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If at any time you have these thoughts, immediately contact your doctor.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This is especially important if you take medicines to treat heart problems (see also above "Take special care").

Taking Vimpat with food and drink
You may take Vimpat with or without food.
It is not advisable to drink alcohol while you are under treatment with Vimpat, because Vimpat could make you feel tired or dizzy. Drinking alcohol could make these effects worse.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

It is not recommended to take Vimpat if you are pregnant, as the effects of Vimpat on pregnancy and the unborn baby are not known. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant; he/she will decide if you should take Vimpat.

It is not recommended to breast-feed your baby while taking Vimpat, as it is not known if Vimpat passes into the breast milk. If you are breast-feeding, please inform your doctor immediately; he/she will decide if you should take Vimpat.

Research has shown an increased risk of birth defects in children of women taking anti-epileptic medicines. On the other hand effective anti-epileptic therapy must not be interrupted since the worsening of the disease is harmful to both the mother and the unborn child.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.

Driving and using machines
Vimpat may cause dizziness or blurred vision. This may affect your ability to drive or operate any tools or machinery. You should not drive or use machines until you know whether this medicine affects your ability to perform these activities.

Important information about some of the ingredients of Vimpat

Vimpat syrup contains:

  • sorbitol (a type of sugar). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • sodium. One graduation mark of syrup contains 0.28 mmol (or 6.45 mg) sodium. If you take more than 3 graduation marks of syrup per day and are on a controlled sodium diet, you should take into consideration the amount of sodium in the syrup.
  • one ingredient called sodium methylhydroxybenzoate-E219 which may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
  • aspartame (E951), a source of phenylalanine. This substance may be harmful for people with phenylketonuria (a metabolic disease).

How is it used?

Always take Vimpat exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Dosage

Vimpat must be taken twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening, at about the same time each day. Vimpat is used as a long term treatment.
The usual starting dose of Vimpat is 100 mg per day - taken twice a day ? 50 mg in the morning and 50 mg in the evening. Your doctor may increase your daily dose every week by 100 mg, until you reach a so called maintenance dose between 200 mg and 400 mg per day, taken twice a day. You will use this maintenance dose for the long term treatment.
Your doctor may prescribe you a different dose if you have problems with your kidneys.

How to take the Vimpat syrup

Fill the measuring cup to the graduation mark(s) corresponding to your prescribed dose. Each graduation mark of the measuring cup corresponds to 50 mg (for example 2 graduation marks correspond to 100 mg).
Swallow the dose of syrup, then drink some water. You may take Vimpat with or without food.

Duration of the treatment with Vimpat

Vimpat is used as a long term treatment. You should continue to take Vimpat until your doctor tells you to stop.

Once you have opened the syrup bottle, you must not use it longer than 4 weeks.

If you take more Vimpat than you should If you have taken more Vimpat than you should, contact your doctor.

If you forget to take Vimpat
If you miss a dose by a few hours, take it as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, don't take the missed syrup anymore. Just take Vimpat at the next time that you would normally take it. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you stop taking VimpatDo not stop taking Vimpat without talking to your doctor, as your symptoms may come back again or become worse.
If your doctor decides to stop your treatment with Vimpat, he/she will instruct you about how you should decrease the dose step by step.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What are possible side effects?

Like all medicines, Vimpat can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The frequency of possible side effects listed below is defined using the following convention: very common (affects more than 1 user in 10)
common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000)
rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000)
not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data

Very common: affects more than 1 user in 10

  • Dizziness, headache
  • Nausea (feeling sick)
  • Double vision (diplopia)

Common: affects 1 to 10 users in 100

  • Problems in keeping your balance, difficulties in coordinating your movements, troubles with your memory, sleepiness, shaking (tremor), trouble thinking or finding words, rapid and uncontrollable movements of the eyes (nystagmus)
  • Blurred vision
  • A feeling of "spinning" (vertigo)
  • Vomiting, constipation, excessive gas in the stomach or bowel
  • Itching
  • Fall
  • Tiredness, difficulties in walking, unusual tiredness and weakness (asthenia)
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Decreased feeling or sensitivity, difficulty in articulating words, disturbance in attention
  • Noise in the ear such as buzzing, ringing or whistling
  • Indigestion, dry mouth
  • Irritability
  • Muscle spasms
  • Rash

Uncommon: affects 1 to 10 users in 1000

  • Slow heart rate
  • Heart conduction disorder
  • Exaggerated feeling of wellbeing
  • Allergic reaction to drug intake
  • Liver function test abnormal

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

How should it be stored?

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Vimpat after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
Once you have opened the syrup bottle, you must not use it longer than 4 weeks.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

Further information

What Vimpat contains

The active substance is lacosamide.1 ml Vimpat syrup contains 15 mg lacosamide.

The other ingredients are: glycerol (E422), carmellose sodium, sorbitol liquid (crystallizing) (E420), polyethylene glycol 4000, sodium chloride, citric acid (anhydrous), acesulfame potassium (E950), sodium methylparahydroxybenzoate (E219), strawberry flavour (contains propylene glycol, maltol), masking flavour (contains propylene glycol, aspartame (E951), acesulfame potassium (E950), maltol, deionised water), purified water.

What Vimpat looks like and contents of the pack

Vimpat 15 mg/ml syrup is a clear solution, slightly yellow to yellow-brown in colour. Vimpat is available in bottles of 200 ml and 465 ml. Not all pack sizes may be marketed. A measuring cup with graduation marks (corresponding to 50 mg lacosamide) is provided with the syrup.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Marketing Authorisation Holder: UCB Pharma SA, Allée de la Recherche 60, B-1070 Bruxelles, Belgium.
Manufacturer: UCB Pharma GmbH, Alfred-Nobel-Str. 10, 40789 Monheim am Rhein, Germany.

For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing

Authorisation Holder.

BelgiëBelgiqueBelgien UCB Pharma SANV TelTél 32 02 559 92 00 LuxembourgLuxemburg UCB Pharma SANV TélTel 32 02 559 92 00

Te. 359 0 2 962 99 20 Magyarország UCB Magyarország Kft. Tel. 36-1 391 0060

eská republika UCB s.r.o. Tel 420 221 773 411 Malta Pharmasud Ltd. Tel 356 21 37 64 36

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Deutschland UCB GmbH Tel 49 0 2173 48 4847 Norge UCB Nordic AS Tlf 45 32 46 24 00

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