zonisamide (Zonegran)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD
    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Charles Patrick Davis, MD, PhD

    Dr. Charles "Pat" Davis, MD, PhD, is a board certified Emergency Medicine doctor who currently practices as a consultant and staff member for hospitals. He has a PhD in Microbiology (UT at Austin), and the MD (Univ. Texas Medical Branch, Galveston). He is a Clinical Professor (retired) in the Division of Emergency Medicine, UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, and has been the Chief of Emergency Medicine at UT Medical Branch and at UTHSCSA with over 250 publications.

GENERIC NAME: zonisamide

BRAND NAME: Zonegran

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Zonisamide is an anti-seizure medication. Zonisamide is primarily used to treat partial-seizures. Scientists do not known how exactly zonisamide works in the body. Zonisamide is presumed to work on the sodium and calcium channels in the brain cells where it controls electric-currents that are responsible for seizure activity.

The FDA approved zonisamide in March 2000.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Zonisamide is used as supplemental therapy in treatment of partial seizures.

SIDE EFFECTS: Common side effects of zonisamide are:

Serious side effects of zonisamide include:

  • Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia
  • Seizures
  • Serious skin disorders such as Stevens-Johnson's syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 12/22/2014

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