Using Felbamate to Treat Epilepsy in Cats and Dogs

Felbamate is an anticonvulsant medication used by veterinarians to treat dogs, cats, and other animals suffering from seizure disorders like epilepsy. This medication is not typically an initial treatment option, but rather, it is commonly prescribed only after other anticonvulsant drugs have proven ineffective.

How Does Felbamate Work?

Felbamate’s exact mechanism is not fully understood, but research suggests that it depresses the brain by reducing the level of acetylcholine in the body.

Felbamate Precautions

Felbamate should not be prescribed or administered to an animal with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to the medication. It should also not be used in patients suffering from pre-existing blood disorders or those with impaired kidney or liver function.

Felbamate may interact with certain medications, such as any other anticonvulsants, so it is important to discuss the animal’s drug regimen with the veterinarian prior to starting this medication.

Possible Side Effects of Felbamate

Felbamate is generally safe and effective for use in animals when prescribed by a veterinarian. However, some animals may be more sensitive to the drug and therefore may experience certain side effects.

While side effects are typically rare with this medication, if the patient experiences rigid limbs, tremors, restlessness, agitation, or drooling, contact the veterinarian as soon as possible.

Similarly, if the animal exhibits a swollen face, tongue or lips, or it has difficulty breathing, or it breaks out in hives or a skin rash, it may be having an allergic reaction to the medication, in which case the veterinarian should be contacted immediately.

How Is Felbamate Supplied?

Felbamate is available under the trade name Felbatol®, or in a range of generic formulations that can be obtained from a veterinary compounding pharmacy like Diamondback Drugs. In either case, this medication is only available with a veterinary prescription. Felbamate is available in oral tablet form, which can be compounded according to specific veterinarian dosage requirements.

Author: Giano Panzarella