What is Zonimid (Zonisamide) used for?
Zonimid (Zonisamide) is an oral anticonvulsant used to treat patients suffering from epilepsy. It operates by regulating electrical impulses in the brain to prevent seizures. Your physician may also prescribe this medication to treat other conditions that are not listed here.
How should I use Zonimid (Zonisamide)?
Always follow your physicians instructions while using Zonimid (Zonisamide) to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. One tablet is typically taken once or twice daily, but your directions will depend on your current health condition and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and may be taken with or without food. A snack or meal is suggested if you experience nausea. Never change the form of the tablets by splitting or crushing them as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents.
What are the side effects of Zonimid (Zonisamide)?
Side effects that may occur while using Zonimid (Zonisamide) include:
Serious side effects that may require immediate medical attention are fever, flu symptoms, signs of dehydration, back pain, sensitive skin, easier bruising, blood appearing in the urine, deterioration of seizure conditions, or signs of an allergic reaction such as skin rashes, swelling, or trouble breathing. Inform your physician about any symptoms you experience that are worrying or intense to make sure the correct alterations are made to your dosage or frequency of administration to prevent further complications from occurring.
Do not begin using Zonimid (Zonisamide) if you are allergic to sulphonamide medications or if you have severe liver problems. It is also important to inform your physician if you have a history of kidney stones, high calcium levels appearing in the urine, if you are underweight, have decreased kidney function, or decreased liver function as these conditions may cause unexpected complications during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Zonimid (Zonisamide). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.