Abstract This open-label study was performed to evaluate efficacy and safety of Felbamate (FBM) add-on therapy in drug-refractory partial epilepsy. We evaluated 36 patients (12 males) aged 11–68 years (mean 29.8) in which FBM was titrated gradually from 300 mg/day to a mean total maintenance daily dose of 1936 mg. Patients were monitored according to clinical practice and performed regularly laboratory tests. Mean follow-up of FBM therapy was 10 months (range 2–27). In this study, 5% of patients resulted to be seizure-free, 11% showed a seizure reduction more than 75%, 23% decreased their seizure frequency between 50% and 75% ( P=0.0001). The adverse events which were reported more frequently were: nausea, vomiting, anorexia and weight loss. Even if the patients sample is small FBM proves its efficacy in partial epilepsy, showing a relatively well tolerated profile.