ELEPSIA XR is a prescription medicine taken by mouth that is used with other medicines to treat partial-onset seizures in people 12 years of age and older. It is not known if ELEPSIA XR is safe or effective in people under 12 years of age.

Side Effects Of Elepsia

Like other antiepileptic drugs, ELEPSIA XR may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500 people taking it.

Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

  • thoughts about suicide or dying
  • attempts to commit suicide
  • new or worse depression
  • new or worse anxiety
  • feeling agitated or restless
  • panic attacks
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • new or worse irritability
  • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
  • acting on dangerous impulses
  • an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  • other unusual changes in behavior or mood

Do not stop ELEPSIA XR without first talking to a healthcare provider.

Stopping ELEPSIA XR suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).

Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes

Warnings & Precautions

Before taking ELEPSIA XR, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you: have or have had depression, mood problems or suicidal thoughts or behavior. have kidney problems. are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if ELEPSIA XR will harm your unborn baby. You and your healthcare provider will have to decide if you should take ELEPSIA XR while you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking ELEPSIA XR, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of ELEPSIA XR and other antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy. are breastfeeding. ELEPSIA XR can pass into your milk and may harm your baby. You and your healthcare provider should decide if you will take ELEPSIA XR or breast-feed. You should not do both. Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Do not start a new medicine without first talking with your healthcare provider.

Dosage Of Elepsia

Take ELEPSIA XR exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.

Your healthcare provider will tell you how much ELEPSIA XR to take and when to take it. ELEPSIA XR is usually taken 1 time per day.

Your healthcare provider may change your dose. Do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.

Swallow the tablets whole. Do not chew, cut, break, split or crush tablets.

Each coated tablet has 2 layers, a blue layer and a white to off-white layer. If you do not see the blue or white off-white layer, do not take the tablet and talk to your pharmacist.

The inactive part of ELEPSIA XR tablets may not dissolve after all the medicine has been released in your body. You may sometimes notice something in your bowel movement that looks like pieces of a coating or swollen pieces of the original tablet. This is normal.

If you take too much ELEPSIA XR, call your local Poison Control Center or go to the nearest emergency room right away


Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use ELEPSIA XR for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ELEPSIA XR to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about ELEPSIA XR that is written for health professionals.


All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.