Zonisamide for Epilepsy
Zonisamide comes in capsule form.
How It Works
It is not clear how zonisamide prevents epileptic seizures.
Why It Is Used
Zonisamide is used to treat partial seizures. It is used most often with other antiepileptic medicines.
How Well It Works
When added to treatment with other antiepileptic medicines, zonisamide can reduce partial seizures in adults.1
The most common side effects of zonisamide include:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on antiepileptic medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take antiepileptic medicine should be watched closely for warning signs of suicide. People who take antiepileptic medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
It may take time and careful, controlled adjustments by you and your doctor to find the combination, schedule, and dosing of medicine to best manage your epilepsy. The goal is to prevent seizures while causing as few side effects as possible. After you and your doctor figure out the medicine program that works best for you, make sure to follow your program exactly as prescribed.
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