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Zonegran

Zonegran Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Zonegran

Generic Name: zonisamide (Pronunciation: zoe NIS a mide)

What is zonisamide (Zonegran)?

Zonisamide is a sulfa drug with anti-convulsant effects.

Zonisamide is used together with other anti-convulsant medications to treat partial seizures in adults with epilepsy.

Zonisamide may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Zonisamide 100 mg-APO

capsule, red/white, imprinted with APO, 100

Zonisamide 100 mg-MYL

capsule, blue/purple, imprinted with MYLAN 6727

Zonisamide 25 mg-APO

capsule, white, imprinted with APO, 25

Zonisamide 25 mg-BAR

white, imprinted with barr 25 mg, 827

Zonisamide 25 mg-MYL

capsule, dark blue/blue, imprinted with MYLAN 6725

Zonisamide 50 mg-APO

capsule, gray/white, imprinted with APO, 50

Zonisamide 50 mg-MYL

capsule, purple/white, imprinted with MYLAN 6726

What are the possible side effects of zonisamide (Zonegran)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: any form of skin rash; hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • increased or worsening seizures;
  • pale skin, feeling light-headed or short of breath, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • fever, chills, body aches, flu symptoms, sores in your mouth and throat;
  • severe pain in your lower back, blood in your urine;
  • loss of appetite, tired feeling, problems with thinking or speech, trouble concentrating;
  • feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin without sweating;
  • the first sign of any skin rash, no matter how mild; or
  • severe skin reaction -- fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain, followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;
  • dizziness; or
  • loss of balance or coordination.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Zonegran (zonisamide) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about zonisamide (Zonegran)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to zonisamide, or to other sulfa drugs such as sulfamethoxazole (Gantanol), sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin), or sulfamethoxazole-trimethoprim (Bactrim, Septra, Sulfatrim, SMX-TMP, and others). A sulfa drug allergic reaction can be fatal.

You may have thoughts about suicide while taking this medication. Your doctor will need to check you at regular visits. Do not miss any scheduled appointments.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), more depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Do not stop using zonisamide without first talking to your doctor, even if you feel fine. You may have increased seizures if you stop using zonisamide suddenly. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using zonisamide. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Wear a medical alert tag or carry an ID card stating that you take zonisamide. Any medical care provider who treats you should know that you take seizure medication.

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