Health QuestionsCategory: MedicationsEffect of food on Gabitril Bioavailability
sonno joi asked 3 years ago

The Effect of Food on Gabitril Bioavailability
 
Basically, eat when you take your Gabitril.  Really.
 
I noticed this when I took it.  Another thing that I noticed (granted YMMV) was that if I had a meal with more proteins than starches, that I still got the stupids and the hardcore drunk effect.  As long as I had a meal with an equal amount of starch or more starch than protein, I seemed ok.  The Gabitril seemed to work better.
 
Hope this info helps someone out.
 
(Edited for typos.)

2 Answers
StrungOutOnLife answered 3 years ago

Re: Effect of food on Gabitril Bioavailability
Quote from sonno joi on 02. Feb 2006 at 01:07:

The Effect of Food on Gabitril Bioavailability

Basically, eat when you take your Gabitril. Really.

I noticed this when I took it. Another thing that I noticed (granted YMMV) was that if I had a meal with more proteins than starches, that I still got the stupids and the hardcore drunk effect. As long as I had a meal with an equal amount of starch or more starch than protein, I seemed ok. The Gabitril seemed to work better.

Hope this info helps someone out.

(Edited for typos.)

I’m sure it will.

Jerod answered 3 years ago

Re: Effect of food on Gabitril Bioavailability
Quote from sonno joi on 02. Feb 2006 at 01:07:

Basically, eat when you take your Gabitril. Really.

 
Yes.  I’ve had that up on the main site page for Gabitril for quite some time.
 
Quote:

Gabitril’s Dosage and How to Take Gabitril:

Gabitril (tiagabine) should be taken with food.

 
So it’s not like that part is entirely new information.
 
However….
 
Quote from sonno joi on 02. Feb 2006 at 01:07:

Another thing that I noticed (granted YMMV) was that if I had a meal with more proteins than starches, that I still got the stupids and the hardcore drunk effect. As long as I had a meal with an equal amount of starch or more starch than protein, I seemed ok. The Gabitril seemed to work better.

 
This is utterly fascinating.  Someone with letters after their name really needs to do a study regarding the starch vs. protein content of a meal and Gabitril’s efficacy and side effects.
 
As I write on The Anticonvulsants Side Effects Page:
 
Quote:

The anticonvulsants are the pickiest and most sensitive of all medications to interactions with other drugs, foods, vitamins, tobacco, the hormones of the menstrual cycle, the seasons of the year, and just about anything you can imagine.

 
Your report is just a prime example of the above.