Epilim is not suitable for people who could become pregnant, or father a child. However, in some cases it may be the only treatment option available, for example for epilepsy where other treatments have not worked.
If you do need to continue Epilim then you must be use reliable contraception, even if you are not currently sexually active. Your doctor or nurse can advise you about reliable contraception.
Note: All anti-seizure medicines in pregnancy have the potential to harm an unborn child but the risks are higher with some medicines, including Epilim, especially early in your pregnancy and at higher doses. If you have epilepsy, having seizures while you are pregnant can also harm your unborn child so it is important to keep taking your anti-seizure medication.
If you are planning a pregnancy
When you are taking Epilim it is extremely important to plan ahead if you want to become pregnant. You need to see your doctor 6 to 12 months before you would like to become pregnant so that you can reduce any risks to your baby.
If you are able to father children, speak with your doctor about the potential risks of taking Epilim during conception, and your options if you wish to start a family.
You and your doctor need to agree on a plan about how to manage your medicines and your dose.Don’t stop taking your medicine suddenly without talking to your doctor first.
If you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant
Keep taking your medicine at the right dose, and contact your doctor, tell them you think you are pregnant and get an urgent appointment to see them.
Read more about medicines for epilepsy, mental health and pain can harm your unborn baby(external link) and sodium valproate (Epilim) use in people who can father children(external link).