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Last year I was given prescription Zonegran for migraines. I cannot remember the exact dosage but I know I had to titrate up to the proper dose. I developed some memory and speech and speech delay problems shortly after being prescribed the medicat...
by Sandy in Helena, MT, 12/05/2005
Zonegran (Oral) Drug and Prescription Information
Zonegran (Oral) Medication Classification
ZONISAMIDE (By mouth)
Zonegran (Oral) Brandname
Zonegran (Oral) is used for the Treatment
Zonisamide (zoe-NIS-a-mide) Treats partial seizures in adults with epilepsy. May be used together with other anti-seizure medicines. Belongs to a class of drugs called sulfonamides ("sulfa" drugs).
When To Not Use Zonegran (Oral)
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to zonisamide or other sulfa drugs (such as Bactrim® or Septra®).
How Should You Use Zonegran (Oral)
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Swallow the capsule whole. Do not break it open or chew it.
- You may take this medicine with or without food. If a dose is missed:
- Use your medicine as soon as possible unless it is almost time for your next dose.
- Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next regular dose.
- Do not use two doses at the same time.
Proper Zonegran (Oral) Storage
Store Zonegran (Oral) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep Zonegran (Oral) and all medications out of the reach of children.
What To Avoid While Using Zonegran (Oral)Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Zonegran (Oral) Warnings
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have kidney disease or liver disease.
- This medicine has some rare side effects that can be very serious. These can include skin rashes, liver problems, or blood problems. Be sure to discuss the possible side effects with your doctor.
- Call your doctor right away if your seizures get worse or start to happen more often.
- Do not suddenly stop using this medicine. If you need to stop using it, your doctor may want to decrease the amount of medicine gradually over several days. Stopping this medicine all at once could cause you to have seizures.
- This medicine can make you drowsy. Be careful if you drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that requires you to be alert.
- This medicine can cause kidney stones. Drink 6 to 8 glasses of water every day to help prevent kidney stones.
Zonegran (Oral) Side Effects
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Black, tarry stools
- Blistering or peeling of skin
- Decreased sweating
- Fast or uneven heartbeat
- Fever, sore throat
- Painful or difficult urination, blood in your urine, or decrease in amount of urine
- Skin rash, hives, or itching
- Sores or ulcers in mouth or on lips, or red, irritated eyes
- Sudden and severe back or stomach pain
- Swelling in you face, throat, or lips
- Unusual bleeding or bruising
- Unusual, severe tiredness or weakness
- Wheezing or trouble breathing If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Depression or unusual thoughts
- Dizziness or lack of coordination
- Loss of appetite
- Nausea or vomiting
- Nervousness or irritability
- Sleepiness or fatigue
- Trouble concentrating or remembering things
- Trouble sleeping