How to Take:
Follow the directions of your prescribing provider and call if you have any questions. How much and when to take the medicine may vary for each person.
In adults, usually, the drug is started by taking 500 mg twice a day (1000 mg/day). The dose may be increased at weekly intervals by 500 mg per day to a final daily dose of 1500 mg twice a day (3000 mg daily), based on how well it works and how well you tolerate it.
In children, dosing usually starts at 50 mg per kg each day. The dose may be increased by 25 to 50 mg per kg each week to a maximum dose of 150 mg per kg each day. For example, in children from 10 to 16 years old, the recommended dose starts at 250 mg twice a day. Increase as directed by the prescribing provider to a 1000 mg twice a day.
Children who weigh more than 60 kg are usually given doses similar to adult recommendations.
Your provider may suggest starting the medication at a different rate, either faster or slower. Or the daily dose may be different, depending on individual circumstances.
Sabril is well-absorbed. You can take it with or without food, but it's a good idea to be consistent about how you take it.
Be sure to use only the amount that the provider prescribes. If you think you've used one or two extra tablets, call your doctor for advice.
If an overdose of the medicine has been taken, call your local poison control center or emergency room right away, unless you have special instructions from the doctor.
Don't stop taking Sabril or change the amount you use without talking to the prescribing provider first. Stopping any seizure medicine all at once can cause a serious problem called status epilepticus.
If you have kidney (renal) disease, the dose of Sabril should be adjusted.
For people with mild kidney problems the dose should be decreased by 25%, for people with moderate renal impairment, the dose should be decreased by 50%; and for people with severe renal impairment, the dose should be decreased by 75%.
Use of Powder:
Empty contents of the package into a clean cup.
Mix the powder with 10 ml or 2 teaspoons of water. Use cold or room temperature water.
Use the syringe that comes with the powder to draw up the medicine and put it in the child's mouth.
Prepare and give each dose of medicine immediately. Don't save any unused medicine for a later time.
How to Store:
All forms of Sabril should be stored at room temperature, away from light and moisture.
The manufacturer recommends storing Sabril at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F), so if you live in a hot climate try to keep it in a cool place. You may take it with you when traveling in temperatures between 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F). The drug may be stable in colder or hotter temperatures, but information is lacking.
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.