Title: What Is Epidiolex?
Epidiolex is a cannabidiol (or CDB) medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (commonly known as the FDA) in the spring of 2018. Epidiolex is an oral medication that is the very first FDA-approved prescription created from CDB. The medication is designed specifically to treat the seizures that are commonly experienced by people with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, as well as seizures experienced by people (2 years and older) with Dravet syndrome. Let’s take a closer look at how this medication needs to be taken, possible side effects, and other important information that you need to know.
How to Take Epidiolex
Your health care provider or pharmacist will provide you with instructions for taking your medication. You must take your medication according to the instructions; your health care provider will prescribe a certain dose of the medication, along with when (and how many doses) you need to take it.
You should ideally take your CDB medication at the same time each day. You can take your prescription with or without food, based on your personal preference. The important thing is that you take it at the same time each day and stay consistent about eating it with or without a meal. For example, if you take your prescription in the morning after breakfast, don’t suddenly take it the next day in the evening on an empty stomach.
When measuring your prescription dose, make sure you’re using the adapter and syringe that came with your prescription. And make sure that the syringe you use is completely dry, because water could cause the medication to take on a cloudy appearance.
Should You Take Epidiolex?
You should not take Epidiolex if you are allergic to CDB or any of the ingredients used to make the medication, which includes the inactive ingredients: sesame seed oil, sucralose, strawberry flavor, and dehydrated alcohol. You should always consult your health care provider about potential conditions or symptoms that may indicate you should no t take this medication. If you are experiencing the following symptoms, make sure to tell your physician or other health care provider before you take Epidiolex:
- If you have or suspect liver problems
- If you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant
- If you have depression or have had depression in the past
- If you have any suicidal thoughts
- If you are currently breastfeeding or are planning on breastfeeding
Epidiolex has several potential side effects. Serious side effects may include:
- Liver problems
Symptoms: Call your physician right away if you notice symptoms such as loss of appetite, vomiting, fever, feeling unusually sleepy, yellowed skin or eyes, itching, darkened urine, pain in the right upper stomach.
- Drowsiness which may improve over time
Symptoms: Unusual sleepiness that may or may not improve over time. This sleepiness may be increased with the ingestion of other medication or alcohol.
- Suicide thoughts or actions
Symptoms: Thoughts about suicide, new or worsening depression, development of panic attacks, new or worsening anxiety, unusual changes in behavior or mood.