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A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Aptiom (Eslicarbazepine acetate)


Aptiom (Eslicarbazepine acetate)

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  • Product Details


    Aptiom (eslicarbazepine acetate) is a medication used to treat partial seizures. It works by slowing down the movement of sodium in your nervous tissue to prevent your nerves from rapidly firing. You can buy Aptiom as 200mg, 400mg, 600mg, or 800mg tablets. Store your Aptiom tablets at room temperature and keep them out of reach of children.


    • If you are unable to swallow Aptiom tablets whole, they can also be crushed
    • You can take Aptiom without regard to meals.
    • Your dose will depend on your age, weight, and kidney function. Work closely with your doctor to get the best results.
    • Your doctor will start you at a low dose and slowly increase it until you achieve a goal dose, or your symptoms are well controlled.
    • Generally, Aptiom is dosed as follows:
      • Adult Patients:
        • Goal daily dose – 800mg to 1600mg per day
        • Initial Dosage – 400mg by mouth once daily
        • Dose Increase – Increase your daily dose by 400mg – 600mg each week until your symptoms are well controlled.
      • Children aged 4 -17 years old
        • Goal daily dose by weight:
          • 11-21 kg – 400mg to 600mg daily
          • 22-31kg – 500mg to 800mg daily
          • 32-38kg – 600mg to 900mg daily
          • More than 38kg – 800 to 1200mg daily
        • Starting doses based on weight:
          • 11-21 kg – 200mg per day
          • 22-31 kg – 300mg per day
          • 32-38 kg – 300mg per day
          • More than 38kg – 400mg per day
        • Dose Increase – Consult your pediatrician for guidance on increasing the dose

    Fact Table




    EU EMA, AU


    High bioavailability and reaches peak serum concentration 1-4 hours after a given dose

    Legal status

    RX Only

    Chemical Name

    Eslicarbazepine Acetate

    Elimination half-life

    10-20 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    200mg (30 tablets), 400mg (30 tablets), 600mg (60 tablets)


    Consult a doctor



    Protein binding


    PubChem CID






    ATC code






    Routes of administration



    The active ingredient in Aptiom is eslicarbazepine acetate. A full list of ingredients can be found in the package insert.


    • Aptiom can cause anaphylaxis. Do not take Aptiom if you are allergic to eslicarbazepine or any of the inactive ingredients.
    • Do not take Aptiom if you are allergic to oxcarbazepine.
    • Do not abruptly stop taking Aptiom. Work with your doctor to slowly decrease your dose over time.
    • Report any thoughts of suicide to your doctor immediately.
    • Aptiom can cause severe skin reactions that could be life-threatening. Contact your physician if you start to notice any rashes or unusual skin conditions.
    • Aptiom can cause a condition called DRESS (drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms). DRESS can be life-threatening and should be addressed immediately. Contact your physician or seek emergency care if you experience rash, fever, or enlarged lymph nodes. Talk to your doctor about DRESS before starting Aptiom therapy.
    • Aptiom can cause a potentially life-threatening condition called angioedema. Contact your doctor or seek emergency care if you start to experience swelling of the tongue, face, or throat.
    • Aptiom can cause a significant drop in your sodium levels. Your doctor should monitor your sodium levels while you are using Aptiom.
    • Aptiom can damage your liver. Your doctor may monitor your liver enzymes periodically while you are using Aptiom.
    • Some patients might see an increase or decrease in their thyroid function while using Aptiom. Your doctor should consider monitoring your thyroid function while you are using Aptiom.
    • Although rare, Aptiom can cause certain specific blood disorders. Your physician should monitor your blood cell counts while you are using Aptiom.
    • Aptiom can interact with other medications. Make sure your doctor knows of all the medicine you use before you start Aptiom.

    Side Effects

    The side effects of Aptiom include:

    • Nausea
    • Vomiting
    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Tiredness
    • Tremors
    • Vertigo
    • Ataxia
    • Blurred vision
    • Double vision

    Other Considerations

    • Aptiom is a brand-name drug. There is an Aptiom generic available at a lower price than the Aptiom cost.


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    2. What is ataxia? (n.d.). Retrieved March 21, 2020

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 13260

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