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:
- Loss of concentration
- Loss of appetite
- Stomach ache
- Speech disturbance
- Weight loss
Serious side effects of zonisamide include:
- Psychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia
- Serious skin disorders such as Stevens-Johnson's syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis.
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