Taking your medication
Your doctor may have explained some of the following to you when you first discussed taking Epidyolex, however please read the Patient Information Leaflet contained within the pack before you start to take this medicine.
This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others as it may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
Before you take Epidyolex
Do not take Epidyolex if you are allergic to cannabidiol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine, including: refined sesame oil, alcohol, sucralose (E955) and strawberry flavour (including benzyl alcohol).
Talk to your doctor before or during your treatment with Epidyolex if you have had or currently have liver problems, as Epidyolex may make this worse. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your liver before you start taking Epidyolex and during treatment. If your liver is not working properly, your treatment may need to be stopped.
Taking with food and drink
Always take your medicine according to your doctor’s instructions. Taking Epidyolex with food can increase the amount of drug your body takes in. You should try, as much as possible, to take Epidyolex consistently with respect to food (for example, with a meal or within a certain time-span of a meal). Also, try to take Epidyolex at about the same times each day so you get the same effect each time. Epidyolex is compatible with the ketogenic diet.
With other medicines
Epidyolex can interact with some other medicines, which can affect the way it works. Please tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following:
Other antiepileptic medicines, such as clobazam, valproate, phenytoin, midazolam, stiripentol and carbamazepine
Medicines used to treat the symptoms of acid reflux or heartburn, such as omeprazole
St. John’s Wort (hypericum) - a herbal medicine used to treat mild anxiety
Medicines to treat bacterial infections, such as rifampin, clarithromycin and erythromycin
This list is not exhaustive, please refer to the Patient Information Leaflet for all medicines that you need to tell you doctor if you are taking.
Do not take Epidyolex if you are allergic to cannabidiol or any of the other ingredients of this medicine. Epidyolex contains refined sesame oil, which may rarely cause severe allergic reactions.
If you have any further questions after reading the information on this page, refer to the Patient Information Leaflet included in the Epidyolex box.
How to take Epidyolex
Cleaning your syringe
Cleaning the syringes after use is very simple and should be done by hand. The oral syringes supplied with Epidyolex are not dishwasher safe.
- Wash with warm soapy water. Do not wash in dishwasher.
- Rinse thoroughly with water.
- Shake off any water, and allow to air dry.
Make sure the oral syringe is completely dry before next use. If water does get in the bottle it could make the solution appear cloudy. If this does happen, it will not change how well the medicine works or cause any harm. Continue to use the medicine as normal.