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Fycompa 2mg,4mg,6mg,8mg,10mg,12mg film-coated tablets

Package Leaflet: Information for the patient

Fycompa 2 mg, 4 mg, 6 mg, 8 mg, 10 mg, and 12 mg film-coated tablets

Perampanel

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it contains important information for you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet:

1. What Fycompa is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Fycompa
3. How to take Fycompa
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Fycompa
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Fycompa is and what it is used for

Fycompa contains a medicine called perampanel. It belongs to a group of medicines called anti epileptics. These medicines are used to treat epilepsy - where someone has repeated fits (seizures). It has been given to you by your doctor to reduce the number of fits that you have.

Fycompa is used in association with other antiepileptic drugs to treat certain forms of epilepsy in people aged 12 years and older.

  • It is used to treat fits that affect one part of your brain (called a “partial seizure”).
  • These partial seizures may or may not then be followed by a fit affecting all of your brain (called a “secondary generalisation”).
  • It is also used to treat certain fits that affect all of your brain from the start (called “generalised seizures”) and cause convulsions or staring spells.

2. What you need to know before you take Fycompa

DO NOT TAKE Fycompa:

  • If you have ever developed a severe skin rash or skin peeling, blistering and/or mouth sores after taking perampanel.
  • If you are allergic to perampanel or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Fycompa if you have liver problems or moderate or severe kidney problems.

You should not take Fycompa if you have serious liver problems or moderate or serious kidney problems.

Before taking this medicine you should tell your doctor if you have a history of alcoholism or drug dependence.

  • Fycompa may make you feel dizzy or sleepy, particularly at the beginning of treatment.
  • Fycompa may make you more likely to fall over, particularly if you are an older person; this might be due to your illness.
  • Fycompa may make you aggressive, angry or violent. It may also cause you to have unusual or extreme changes in behaviour or mood.

If any of these happens, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

A small number of people being treated with anti-epileptics have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If at any time you have these thoughts, contact your doctor straight away.

Serious skin reactions including drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) have been reported with the use of perampanel.

  • DRESS typically, although not exclusively, appears as flu-like symptoms and a rash with a high body temperature, increased levels of liver enzymes seen in blood tests and an increase in a type of white blood cell (eosinophilia) and enlarged lymph nodes.

If you experience any of the above after taking Fycompa (or you are not sure) talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Children

Fycompa is not recommended for children aged under 12. The safety and effectiveness are not yet known in this age group.

Other medicines and Fycompa

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken or might take any other medicines. This includes medicines obtained without a prescription and herbal medicines. Taking Fycompa with certain other medicines may cause side effects or affect how they work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Other anti-epileptic medicines, such as carbamazepine, oxcarbazepine, and phenytoin that are used to treat fits may affect Fycompa. Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken these medicines as your dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Felbamate (a medicine used to treat epilepsy) may also affect Fycompa. Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken this medicine as your dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Midazolam (a medicine used to stop prolonged, acute (sudden) convulsive seizures, for sedation and sleep problem) may be affected by Fycompa. Tell your doctor if you are taking midazolam as your dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Some other medicines such as rifampicin (a medicine used to treat bacterial infections), hypericum (St. John’s Wort) (a medicine used to treat mild anxiety) and ketoconazole (a medicine used to treat fungal infections) may affect Fycompa. Tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken these medicines as your dose may need to be adjusted.
  • Oral contraceptives (also called “hormonal contraceptives”).

Tell your doctor if you are taking hormonal contraceptives. Fycompa may make certain hormonal contraceptives such as levonorgestrel less effective. You should use other forms of safe and effective contraception (such as a condom or coil) when taking Fycompa. You should continue doing this for one month after stopping treatment. Discuss with your doctor what may be appropriate contraception for you.

Fycompa with alcohol

Speak to your doctor before drinking alcohol. Be careful about consuming alcohol with epilepsy medicines including Fycompa.

  • Drinking alcohol while taking Fycompa can make you less alert and affect your ability to drive or use tools or machines.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Fycompa can also make any feelings of anger, confusion or sadness worse.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine. Do not stop treatment without first discussing it with your doctor.

  • Fycompa is not recommended in pregnancy.
  • You must use a reliable method of contraception to avoid becoming pregnant while you are being treated with Fycompa. You should continue doing this for one month after stopping treatment. Tell your doctor if you are taking hormonal contraceptives. Fycompa may make certain hormonal contraceptives such as levonorgestrel less effective. You should use other forms of safe and effective contraception (such as a condom or coil) when taking Fycompa. You should also do this for one month after stopping treatment. Discuss with your doctor what may be appropriate contraception for you.

It is not known whether the ingredients of Fycompa can pass into breast milk.

The doctor will weigh up the benefit and risks to your baby of taking Fycompa while you are breast-feeding.

Driving and using machines

Do not drive or use machines until you know how Fycompa affects you.

You must talk to your doctor about the effect of your epilepsy on driving and using machines.

  • Fycompa may make you feel dizzy or sleepy, particularly at the beginning of treatment. If this happens to you, do not drive or use any tools or machines.
  • Drinking alcohol while taking Fycompa may make these effects worse.

Fycompa contains lactose

Fycompa contains lactose (a type of sugar). If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine.

3. How to take Fycompa

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

How much to take

The usual starting dose is 2 mg once a day before you go to bed.

  • Your doctor may increase this in 2 mg steps to a maintenance dose between 4 mg and 12 mg - depending on your response.
  • If you have mild or moderate liver problems, your dose should not be more than 8 mg each day and your dose increases should be at least 2 weeks apart.
  • Don’t take more Fycompa than your doctor has recommended. It may take a few weeks to find the right dose of Fycompa for you.

How to take

Swallow the tablet whole with a glass of water. You can take Fycompa with or without food. Do not chew, crush or split the tablet. The tablets cannot be split accurately as there is no break line.

If you take more Fycompa than you should

If you have taken more Fycompa than you should contact your doctor straight away. You may experience confusion, agitation and aggressive behaviour.

If you forget to take Fycompa

  • If you forget to take a tablet, wait until your next dose and then carry on as usual.
  • Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
  • If you have missed less than 7 days of treatment with Fycompa, continue taking your daily tablet as originally instructed by your doctor.
  • If you have missed more than 7 days of treatment with Fycompa, talk to your doctor immediately.

If you stop taking Fycompa

Take Fycompa for as long as your doctor recommends. Do not stop unless your doctor advises you to. Your doctor may reduce your dose slowly to avoid your fits (seizures) coming back or getting worse.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

A small number of people being treated with anti-epileptics have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If at any time you have these thoughts, contact your doctor straight away.

Very common (may affect more than 1 user in 10) are:

  • feeling dizzy
  • feeling sleepy (drowsiness or somnolence)

Common (may affect more than 1 user in 100) are:

  • increased or decreased appetite, weight gain
  • feeling aggressive, angry, irritable, anxious or confused
  • difficulty with walking or other balance problems (ataxia, gait disturbance, balance disorder)
  • slow speech (dysarthria)
  • blurred vision or double vision (diplopia)
  • spinning sensation (vertigo)
  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • back pain
  • feeling very tired (fatigue)
  • falling down

Uncommon (may affect more than 1 user in 1000) are:

  • thoughts about harming yourself or ending your own life (suicidal thoughts), tried to end your own life (attempted suicide)

Not known (the frequency of this side effect cannot be estimated from the available data) are:

  • widespread rash, high body temperature, liver enzyme elevations, blood abnormalities (eosinophilia), enlarged lymph nodes and other body organs involvement (Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms which is also known as DRESS or drug hypersensitivity syndrome).

Stop using perampanel if you develop these symptoms and contact your doctor or seek medical attention immediately. See also section 2.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Fycompa

Keep 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. The expiry date refers to the last day of the 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 to protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

What Fycompa contains

The active substance is perampanel. Each film-coated tablet contains 2 mg, 4 mg, 6 mg, 8 mg, 10 mg, or 12 mg perampanel.

The other ingredients are:

Tablet core (2 mg and 4 mg tablets):

Lactose monohydrate, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, povidone, magnesium stearate (E470b)

Tablet core (6 mg, 8 mg, 10 mg and 12 mg tablets)

Lactose monohydrate, low-substituted hydroxypropyl cellulose, povidone, microcrystalline cellulose, magnesium stearate (E470b)

Film coating (2 mg, 4 mg, 6 mg, 8 mg, 10 mg and 12 mg tablets)

Hypromellose 2910, talc, Macrogol 8000, titanium dioxide (E171), colourants*

*The colourants are:

2 mg tablet: Ferric Oxide, Yellow (E172), Ferric Oxide, Red (E172)

4 mg tablet: Ferric Oxide, Red (E172)

6 mg tablet: Ferric Oxide, Red (E172)

8 mg tablet: Ferric Oxide, Red (E172), Ferric Oxide, Black (E172)

10 mg tablet: Ferric Oxide, Yellow (E172), FD&C Blue #2 Indigo carmine aluminium lake (E132)

12 mg tablet: FD&C Blue #2 Indigo carmine aluminium lake (E132)

What Fycompa looks like and contents of the pack

All strengths of Fycompa are round, biconvex film-coated tablets

2 mg: orange, marked with E275 on one side and 2 on other side

4 mg: red, marked with E277 on one side and 4 on other side

6 mg: pink, marked with E294 on one side and 6 on other side

8 mg: purple, marked with E295 on one side and 8 on other side

10 mg: green, marked with E296 on one side and 10 on other side

12 mg: blue, marked with E297 on one side and 12 on other side

Fycompa is available in packs of:

2 mg tablet – pack of 7, 28 and 98

4 mg, 6 mg, 8 mg, 10 mg, 12 mg tablets – packs of 7, 28, 84 and 98

Not all pack sizes may be marketed

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Eisai Europe Limited
European Knowledge Centre
Mosquito Way
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL10 9SN
United Kingdom

Manufacturer

Eisai Manufacturing Limited
European Knowledge Centre
Mosquito Way
Hatfield
Hertfordshire
AL10 9SN
United Kingdom

For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:

United Kingdom
Eisai Europe Ltd.
Tel: +44 (0)208 600 1400

This leaflet was last revised in 02/2018

Detailed information on this medicine is available on the European Medicines Agency web site: http://www.ema.europa.eu