FYCOMPA: One dose, every night, at bedtime
- FYCOMPA comes in tablet or liquid form
- FYCOMPA tablets should be swallowed whole with water
- Your FYCOMPA dose may start at 2 mg (4 mL liquid) or 4 mg (8 mL liquid) depending on the other seizure medicines you are taking
- Your doctor may slowly raise your dose by 2 mg (4 mL) at a time. This is so you get the dose that works for you
- Do not change your dose without first talking to your doctor
- If you take more FYCOMPA than you are supposed to, call your local Poison Control Center or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away
- Please see Medication Guide for more detailed instructions on dosing
Liquid is available as 0.5 mg/mL.
FYCOMPA comes in
Dose visuals are not actual size or amount.
How to take FYCOMPA liquid
Step 1. Remove the FYCOMPA liquid bottle, adapter, and 2 syringes from the box.
Step 2. Shake the bottle well before each use.
Step 3. Uncap the bottle. Insert the adapter into the bottle. It will stay there until the bottle is empty.
Step 4. Find your dose (in milliliters [mL]) on the syringe.
Step 5. Put the syringe in the upright bottle. Push the plunger all the way down.
Step 6. With the syringe in place, turn the bottle upside down. Pull the plunger to the number of mL needed (the amount of liquid medicine in Step 4). If you see air bubbles in the oral syringe, fully push in the plunger so that the liquid medicine flows back into the bottle. Then, withdraw your prescribed dose of liquid medicine. Measure from the white layer at the end of the plunger, not the black layer.
Step 7. If the dose is more than 20 mL, you can use 2 syringes. Or you can use 1 syringe twice by repeating the steps above.
Step 8. Remove the syringe from the adapter.
Step 9. Slowly squirt FYCOMPA directly into the corner of your mouth.
Step 10. Rinse the syringe (or syringes) with tap water after each use.
Step 11. Cap the bottle tightly. The cap will fit over the adapter. Use within 90 days of first opening bottle.
Can FYCOMPA® cause serious mental (psychiatric) problems?
FYCOMPA may cause:
- New or worse aggressive behavior
- Homicidal thoughts or threats
- Being suspicious or distrustful (believing things that are not true)
- Other unusual or extreme changes in behavior or mood
Patients, their caregivers, and families should monitor for these changes and call their healthcare provider right away if they have any new or worsening mental problems while taking FYCOMPA. The combination of alcohol and FYCOMPA significantly worsened mood and increased anger. Patients taking FYCOMPA should avoid the use of alcohol.
What are the most common side effects seen when taking FYCOMPA®?
The most common side effects seen in patients receiving FYCOMPA were dizziness, sleepiness, headache, tiredness, irritability, falls, nausea, problems with muscle coordination, problems walking normally, vertigo, and weight gain. Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or does not go away.