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A seizure medication, Banzel is also known as an anti-epileptic or anticonvulsant.
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome is a severe form of childhood epilepsy that causes behavior and developmental problems as well as seizures. Banzel is used together with other medicines to treat these seizures.
Banzel is suitable for adults and children over one year old.
Warnings & Precautions Of Banzel
If you suffer from severe liver disease or short QT syndrome, you should not use Banzel.
Banzel should not be stopped abruptly unless your doctor tells you to stop due to a severe side effect.
When taking seizure medication, some people have thoughts of suicide. Observe your moods and symptoms for any changes.
It is not recommended that you use Banzel if you have an allergy to rufinamide or if you have (or a history of):
- a genetic heart rhythm disorder called short QT syndrome or
- severe liver disease.
- heart disease;
- liver disease;
- kidney disease (or if you are on dialysis), or
- depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts or actions.
How To Use Banzel
Your doctor will tell you how often to take this medication with food, usually twice daily. The dosage will be adjusted depending on your condition and how you respond to the treatment. Children’s dosages are also determined by their weight.
The oral dosing syringe provided should be used carefully to measure each dose. You may not get the correct dose if you use a household spoon. After each use, rinse the syringe with tap water.
It is recommended that you start this medication at a low dose and gradually increase it to reduce your risk of side effects. The dosing instructions provided by your doctor must be followed precisely. To get the full benefit from this medication, you may need to wait several weeks to reach your ideal dosage. To maximize the benefits of this medication, it should be taken regularly. Make sure you take it simultaneously daily to make it easier to remember.
Maintaining a constant level of medicine in your body is the best way to make this drug work. It would help if you took rufinamide throughout the day and night at evenly spaced intervals.
Banzel Side Effects
A person may experience nausea, vomiting, fatigue, drowsiness, dizziness, loss of coordination, blurred or double vision, and a headache. Tell your doctor if any of these effects persist or worsen.
It is important to remember that your doctor prescribed this medication because it is deemed to have a more significant benefit for you than the risk of side effects. It is common for people to experience no severe side effects from taking this medication.
Anticonvulsants can cause depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, or other mental/mood problems in a small fraction of people who take them for any condition (such as seizures, bipolar disorder, or pain). Feeling depressed, thinking about harming yourself, or thinking about suicide, tell your doctor right away if you or your family/caregiver notice any unusual/sudden changes in your mood, thoughts, or behavior.
This drug rarely causes severe allergic reactions. In case of severe allergic reactions, seek medical attention right away. These symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, and difficulty breathing.
There may be other side effects not listed here. Contact your doctor if you notice other effects not listed above.
In addition to changing how your medications work, drug interactions may also increase your risk for serious side effects. There are not all possible drug interactions listed in on this webpage. Ensure that your doctor is aware of all the products you use (including prescriptions and nonprescriptions). Make sure you get your doctor’s approval before starting, stopping, or changing any medications.
Orlistat (Xenical) and valproate may interact with this drug.
Hormonal birth control, such as pills (like Premarin), patches (such as Estradot), or rings, may be less effective with this medication. Pregnancy could result from this. During the course of using this medication, you may need to use additional reliable birth control methods. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. You should also tell your doctor if you see any new spotting or bleeding, as these may indicate a problem with your birth control.
When taking medications that cause drowsiness, including alcohol, marijuana (cannabis), antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine), muscle relaxants, opioid pain relievers (such as codeine), or sleep- or anxiety-related drugs (such as diazepam, triazolam, zolpidem), let your doctor or pharmacist know.
All medicines (including allergy and cough-and-cold products) may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients.
You should take the missed dose as soon as possible, but skip it if your next dose is almost due. Two doses should not be taken at once.
Prescriptions should be refilled before they run out completely.
A person who is overdosing and has severe symptoms such as passing out or difficulty breathing should call 911 immediately. Otherwise, contact a poison control center directly. Contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 if you live in the United States.
Consult your doctor before starting or stopping seizure medication during pregnancy. Both mother and baby may suffer from harm if a mother has a seizure while pregnant. If you become pregnant, tell your doctor as soon as possible. A pregnancy registry may list your name to track rufinamide’s effects on a baby if you are pregnant.
In addition to birth control pills, injections, implants, skin patches, and vaginal rings, Banzel can make hormonal birth control less effective. Contraceptive sponges, diaphragms, cervical caps, and condoms can be used while taking rufinamide to prevent pregnancy.
If you are taking this medicine while breastfeeding, you may not be able to do so safely. Any risks should be discussed with your doctor.
In addition to how and where you store medications, how long they remain good can depend on many factors.
It Banzel tablets and liquid suspension should be stored at room temperature (77°F/25°C). You can keep Banzel between 59°F and 86°F (15°C and 30°C) during short periods, such as during travel. Keep Banzel away from light in a tightly sealed container.
Do not store Banzel tablets in bathrooms or areas where they might get damp. Bottles of Banzel suspension should be kept upright at all times.