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Banzel Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is rufinamide (Banzel)?
- What are the possible side effects of rufinamide (Banzel)?
- What is the most important information I should know about rufinamide (Banzel)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking rufinamide (Banzel)?
- How should I take rufinamide (Banzel)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Banzel)?
- What happens if I overdose (Banzel)?
- What should I avoid while taking rufinamide (Banzel)?
- What other drugs will affect rufinamide (Banzel)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking rufinamide (Banzel)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to rufinamide, or if you have a genetic heart rhythm disorder called "Short QT syndrome."
To make sure you can safely take rufinamide, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
- heart disease;
- liver disease;
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis); or
- a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts or actions.
You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Tell your doctor if you have new or worsening depression or suicidal thoughts during the first several months of treatment, or whenever your dose is changed.
Your family or other caregivers should also be alert to changes in your mood or symptoms. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.
FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether rufinamide will harm an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both mother and baby. Do not start taking rufinamide without telling your doctor if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. If you become pregnant while taking rufinamide, do not stop taking the medicine without your doctor's advice.
Seizure control is very important during pregnancy. The benefit of preventing seizures may outweigh any risks posed by taking rufinamide. Follow your doctor's instructions about taking rufinamide while you are pregnant.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry. This is to track the outcome of the pregnancy and to evaluate any effects of rufinamide on the baby.
Rufinamide can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking rufinamide.
Rufinamide can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using rufinamide.
Rufinamide should not be given to a child younger than 4 years old.
How should I take rufinamide (Banzel)?
Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Your doctor may occasionally change your dose to make sure you get the best results.
Take rufinamide with food.
The rufinamide tablet may be swallowed whole, crushed, or cut in half.
Shake the oral suspension (liquid) well just before you measure a dose. Measure the liquid with the dosing syringe provided, or with a special dose-measuring spoon or medicine cup. Do not use a regular table spoon to measure the liquid. If you do not have a dosing syringe or dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist for one.
Do not stop using rufinamide without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using rufinamide suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.
Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take rufinamide. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.
Use rufinamide regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. Contact your doctor if your seizures get worse or you have them more often while taking rufinamide.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Store the liquid medicine in an upright position. Throw away any unused liquid after 90 days.
Additional Banzel Information
- Banzel Drug Interactions Center: rufinamide oral
- Banzel Side Effects Center
- Banzel Overview including Precautions
- Banzel FDA Approved Prescribing Information including Dosage
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