Compare Tegretol vs. Banzel

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Tegretol (Carbamazepine)

Prescription only

Banzel (rufinamide)

Prescription only
Prevents seizures, stabilizes mood, and relieves nerve pain.

Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but interacts with many drugs.

4.5/ 7 average rating with 61 reviewsforTegretol
Added to other medicines to control seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Banzel (rufinamide) is safe for children as young as 1 year old to control seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, but it cannot be taken by itself.

Upsides
  • Lowers the frequency of seizures, especially for people with tonic-clonic and partial seizures.
  • First-line option for trigeminal neuralgia (nerve pain involving the face, head, and neck), and can relieve other types of nerve pain.
  • May be helpful in stabilizing mood for people with bipolar disorder.
  • Banzel (rufinamide) works well to control seizures when used with your other seizure medicines.
  • If you have trouble swallowing, Banzel (rufinamide) is available in liquid and tablets can be crushed or cut into smaller pieces.
Downsides
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
  • Higher risk of skin reactions compared to other antiepileptic medicines, ranging from mild to life-threatening rash.
  • Can cause blurry vision, dizziness, and upset stomach.
  • Not safe to use if you're pregnant.
  • Requires routine blood tests to see how the medicine is affecting your body.
  • Banzel (rufinamide) has to be taken with other medicines to control seizures.
  • Banzel (rufinamide) is for seizures caused by a very specific condition, Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.
  • The dose of Banzel (rufinamide) may need to be adjusted frequently. You have to stick to the schedule from your doctor on how much and when to take it.
  • You have to talk to your doctor if you're interested in stopping Banzel (rufinamide). Stopping Banzel (rufinamide) suddenly can make your seizures worse.
  • Some people may be allergic to Banzel (rufinamide).
Used for
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral suspension
  • Pill
  • Liquid
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Reviews
61 
56%
think this treatment is worth it
43%
think this treatment works well
23%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
10possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    44%
  • Somnolence
    32%
  • Nausea
    28%
  • Vomiting
    18%
  • Ataxia
    15%
  • Constipation
    10%
  • Pruritus
    8%
  • Dry Mouth
    8%
  • Asthenia
    8%
  • Rash
    7%
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10possible side effects
  • Headache
    27%
  • Dizziness
    19%
  • Fatigue
    16%
  • Nausea
    12%
  • Sleepiness
    11%
  • Double vision
    9%
  • Tremors
    6%
  • Difficulty controlling eyes
    6%
  • Blurry vision
    6%
  • Vomiting
    5%
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Risks and warnings
  • Serious skin rash

    People also taking Depakote

    ...and 1 more risk factors

  • Suicidal thoughts or behavior

    History of depression

  • Serious allergic reactions

    European, Chinese, or Japanese ancestry

  • Mental changes due to low sodium

    Age 65 years or older

  • Withdrawal seizures

    Stopping Tegretol (Carbamazepine) suddenly

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  • Suicidal behavior

    Taking other medicines to control seizures

  • Heart problems

    Familial short QT syndrome

  • Allergic reactions

    Children under 12 years of age

  • Withdrawal seizures

    Stopping Banzel (rufinamide) suddenly

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