Resources for starting and taking EPIDIOLEX

Here are some helpful tools for considering, starting, and taking EPIDIOLEX, including step-by-step instructions, worksheets, and resources for school and travel.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) Getting Started Brochure
Getting started with EPIDIOLEX

This brochure contains all you need to know to start the conversation with your healthcare provider.

Traveling with EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) Card
Traveling with EPIDIOLEX

EPIDIOLEX has now been cleared for takeoff everywhere in the US. Before you go, make sure you carry a copy of this travel document and click the link below to get your free travel case.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) School Nurse Letter
School nurse letter

Share this letter with the nurse at your child’s school to help make sure your child doesn’t miss a dose of EPIDIOLEX.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) Dosing and Titration Worksheet
Dosing & titration worksheet

Use this calendar as you start EPIDIOLEX and work toward your target dose.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) Medication List
Medication list

List all medications, dosages, and instructions in one convenient place.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) Copay Savings Sheet
Copay savings sheet

Learn about savings on EPIDIOLEX and see if you qualify.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) From Prescription to Your Doorstep Sheet
From prescription to your doorstep

A quick guide for caregivers that explains what happens after your doctor prescribes EPIDIOLEX and any steps you need to take.


Resources for considering EPIDIOLEX

If you're considering EPIDIOLEX as a treatment option, you may have some questions. Here you can find information about the medicine, the company that makes it, CBD, FDA approval, and a doctor discussion guide.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) Caregiver Brochure
Considering EPIDIOLEX?

All about the first and only FDA-approved prescription CBD to treat seizures associated with LGS, Dravet syndrome, and TSC.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) CBD 101 Brochure
Cannabinoids 101: Understanding CBD

An in-depth exploration of cannabidiol, the active ingredient in EPIDIOLEX.

EPIDIOLEX® (cannabidiol) Doctor Discussion Guide
Doctor Discussion Guide

Questions to help you have a meaningful conversation with your doctor about treatment with EPIDIOLEX.

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See below for answers to commonly asked questions.

EPIDIOLEX is an FDA-approved medicine containing purified cannabidiol made from plants. It is indicated for the treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, Dravet syndrome, or tuberous sclerosis complex in patients 1 year of age and older.

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EPIDIOLEX is an oral solution that is taken twice daily. Food may affect EPIDIOLEX levels, so be sure to take EPIDIOLEX consistently with or without food.

EPIDIOLEX may interact with some antiseizure medicines or other medicines you are taking. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your doctor. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbal supplements, and cannabis-based products.

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You and your healthcare provider will decide if EPIDIOLEX is the right option.

This may depend on diagnosis and your response to current treatment.

Your healthcare provider may order blood tests and consider medicines and supplements you are currently taking, as well as other risk factors. See the Medication Guide for additional details.

If necessary, EPIDIOLEX can be administered with certain nasogastric tubes (NG-tube) or gastrostomy tubes (G-tube). There are important considerations that you need to be aware of when administering EPIDIOLEX using feeding tubes. For specific instructions, please see the EPIDIOLEX Prescribing Information and talk to your healthcare provider for more information.

EPIDIOLEX has flexible dosing.

When starting EPIDIOLEX, your doctor may begin with a lower dose and slowly increase the amount of medicine to reach the dose he or she believes is right for you.

Once that dose is reached, your doctor will evaluate your response.

If needed, your doctor may adjust your dose based on your response to EPIDIOLEX and whether you are experiencing side effects.

Your doctor may also request blood work to evaluate liver function before you start and during treatment.

You should take EPIDIOLEX exactly as your doctor tells you. Do not stop taking EPIDIOLEX without first talking to your doctor. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly can cause serious problems.

Be sure to tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines so he or she can take that into account when creating your EPIDIOLEX dosing schedule.

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EPIDIOLEX is made without sugar to be compatible with most epilepsy diets, such as the ketogenic diet. However, always talk to your doctor about your dietary therapy or any changes to dietary therapy before taking EPIDIOLEX.

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The most common side effects of EPIDIOLEX include increase in liver enzymes, sleepiness, decreased appetite, diarrhea, fever, vomiting, feeling very tired and weak, rash, sleep problems, and infections.

For a discussion guide with questions that can help you have a thoughtful and productive conversation with your doctor, download the Doctor Discussion Guide.

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Your doctor will decide if EPIDIOLEX is right for you or your loved one and write a prescription to be filled at a specialty pharmacy that works with your insurance.

Specialty pharmacies offer expertise in the support and fulfillment of prescriptions for rare, complex, and/or chronic diseases and are like any other pharmacy where you fill FDA-approved prescription medicines. The specialty pharmacy will call you to discuss important information about your prescription, so keep an eye out for a call from a 1-800 number or a local number and be sure to check your voicemail.

The medicine is typically shipped directly to your home, and in some cases, you may be able to pick up your prescription from a local pharmacy. Most people receive their first bottle of EPIDIOLEX less than 10 days after their doctor prescribes it.

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EPIDIOLEX is an FDA-approved medicine, which means you can only get it through a doctor's prescription.

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While studies were not designed to prove how long it takes EPIDIOLEX to work, an exploratory analysis conducted after the studies were complete suggests that some patients with LGS had fewer drop seizures* after using EPIDIOLEX for 8 days, some patients with Dravet syndrome started having fewer convulsive seizures as early as 10 days after starting EPIDIOLEX, and some patients with TSC had fewer TSC-associated seizures after using EPIDIOLEX for 6 days. But everyone's symptoms can be different, so your experience with EPIDIOLEX may be different, too.

*Drop seizures included tonic, atonic, and tonic-clonic that led, or could have led, to a fall or injury.

Convulsive seizures included tonic, tonic-clonic, atonic, and clonic.

TSC-associated seizures included different types of partial onset (focal) seizures and generalized seizures.

The active ingredient in EPIDIOLEX is cannabidiol (CBD). Other ingredients that make up EPIDIOLEX include dehydrated alcohol, sesame seed oil, strawberry flavor, and sucralose (an artificial sweetener). Alcohol is added to dissolve the sucralose, which is added for flavor and to ensure that EPIDIOLEX ingredients are compatible with the ketogenic diet.

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Dairy products are not used in the manufacturing of EPIDIOLEX.

EPIDIOLEX does not contain gluten (wheat, barley, or rye).

EPIDIOLEX is an oral solution of cannabidiol (100 mg/mL) in sesame seed oil. It is important to note that sesame is a seed, not a nut, so if you're allergic to one, you may not necessarily be allergic to the other. Sesame seed allergies have been estimated to affect 0.23% of the general population in the US. Nut allergies are more common and may affect 1.4% of the population. EPIDIOLEX should be avoided in patients with a known or suspected sesame seed allergy.

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EPIDIOLEX will not make you feel "high," the common effect associated with THC. EPIDIOLEX and THC are entirely different from each other and have different effects on the body.

EPIDIOLEX is an FDA-approved prescription medicine and is therefore legal under federal and state laws.

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EPIDIOLEX is recognized by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) as an FDA-approved cannabis-derived medicine, which means you can legally carry it on airplanes anywhere in the United States. For information about traveling with EPIDIOLEX, including rules and regulations, tips for navigating airport security, and useful contact numbers, download a travel card. Since each country's laws vary, Jazz Pharmaceuticals is not able to provide guidance regarding travel with EPIDIOLEX to countries outside the United States. For information from the CDC about medication and international travel, click here. Join the EPIDIOLEX support program and receive a free travel case to help make sure your EPIDIOLEX stays safe and secure wherever you go.

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When your doctor prescribes EPIDIOLEX, he or she will submit the prescription to the specialty pharmacy that works with your insurance to determine coverage. You will probably receive a call from the pharmacy (look out for a 1-800 number or a local number) or your healthcare provider to get any information needed to finish filling your prescription. Once your coverage has been confirmed, the medicine will be shipped directly to your home for free. The aim is to get your prescription filled as quickly as possible, but this may take some time.

There is a robust support program for patients taking EPIDIOLEX. It includes the EPIDIOLEX® Copay Savings Program, help with taking EPIDIOLEX, and advice for living with LGS, Dravet syndrome, or TSC. For more information and to sign up, .

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Advocacy groups

There are many organizations that provide condition-related educational information, support, and useful tools for the community. Visit the sites of these key organizations to learn more.