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Description

Briviact is an oral pill made up of brivaracetam (anticonvulsants) and is usually white in color. We carry the brand name Briviact in four different strengths; 25mg, 50mg, 75mg, and 100mg. This medication is for use in adults and children 4 years old and up.

Briviact is an anti-epileptic drug that is used to treat partial onset seizures (seizures where one is aware it is happening; they are conscious) in people with epilepsy. It does this by binding to synaptic vesicle protein 2A (SV2A) in the brain.

Directions

Always follow directions given to you by your doctor. Instructions can usually also be found on the prescription or prescription bottle/container.

Take this medication with or without food, or as directed by your doctor.

Do not stop taking Briviact suddenly; always talk to your doctor before stopping a medication.

Do not chew, crush or break this tablet; swallow whole with a full glass of water.

Store at room temperature, away from children and pets.

Cautions

Tell your doctor about all medications you are currently taking including prescription, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal remedies. Also be sure to mention any drug allergies you may have.

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on becoming pregnant. You may be added to a list to track the effects of Briviact on the baby.

Do not breastfeed while on this medication, it may not be safe, consult your doctor for more information.

This medication may cause unwanted suicidal thoughts; ensure someone is watching your behavioral changes.

Important past or current conditions to tell your doctor consist of:

  • depression or other mood problems;
  • suicidal thoughts or actions;
  • alcoholism or drug addiction.

Important diseases to tell your doctor consists of:

  • liver disease

Side Effects

Common side effects:

  • dizziness,
  • drowsiness;
  • nausea,
  • vomiting; or
  • feeling tired.

Less common (but serious) side effects:

  • severe dizziness or drowsiness;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • loss of balance or coordination;
  • unusual thoughts or behavior; or
  • hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real).

If you have any of the side effects listed above; contact your doctor immediately.

Signs of allergic reaction:

  • hives;
  • difficult breathing;
  • swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

If you have any of these signs, contact your doctor right away:

  • mood or behavior changes,
  • anxiety,
  • panic attacks,
  • trouble sleeping, or if you feel
  • impulsive,
  • irritable,
  • agitated,
  • hostile,
  • aggressive,
  • restless,
  • hyperactive (mentally or physically),
  • depressed, or
  • have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

FAQs

What happens if I become pregnant while taking Briviact?

Do not suddenly stop taking Briviact, even if you find out you are pregnant. It could cause you to seizure and that could harm yourself and the baby. Consult your doctor if you become pregnant while taking Briviact.

If I accidently take too much, what do I do?

Call your local poison control or seek emergency medical attention at the closest emergency center.

Will Briviact affect my ability to drive?

It may or may not. Side effects don’t happen to everyone, others only get mild side effects and for some, side effects can be extreme. Do not drive until you know exactly how Briviact affects you.

How can I remember to take it every day?

A few things you can do include using a pillbox, creating a routine (taking the medication at the same time every day), keeping it in a visible area (out of reach of children), setting electronic reminders on your Smartphone or other smart devices, or simply asking a loved one or roommate to remind you.