What Briviact is
Briviact contains the active substance brivaracetam. It belongs to a group of medicines called ‘anti-epileptics’.
These medicines are used to treat epilepsy. What Briviact is used for
• Briviact is used in adults, adolescents and children from 2 years of age.
• It is used to treat a type of epilepsy that has partial seizures with or without a secondary generalisation.
• Partial seizures are fits that start by only affecting one side of the brain. These partial seizures can spread and extend to larger areas on both sides of the brain – this is called a ‘secondary generalisation’.
• You have been given this medicine to lower the number of fits (seizures) you have. • Briviact is used together with other medicines for epilepsy.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Briviact if: - You have thoughts of harming or killing yourself. A small number of people being treated with anti-epileptic medicines such as Briviact have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If you have any of these thoughts at any time, contact your doctor immediately. - You have liver problems - your doctor may need to adjust your dose.
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Other form(s) of this medicine may be more suitable for certain patients e.g. children (if tablets can not be swallowed in whole, for example); ask your doctor or pharmacist. You will take Briviact together with other medicines for epilepsy.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Very common: may affect more than 1 in 10 people - feeling sleepy or dizzy
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people
- flu - feeling very tired (fatigue)
- convulsion, a feeling of ‘spinning’ (vertigo)
- feeling and being sick, constipation - depression, anxiety, not being able to sleep (insomnia), irritability
- infections of the nose and throat (such as the ‘common cold’), cough
- decreased appetite
How to store Briviac
t - Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
- Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and blister after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. - This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions.
- Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment