Compare Tegretol vs. Banzel
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is useful for preventing seizures and relieving certain types of nerve pain, but interacts with many drugs.
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.
- 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.
- 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).
- Extended release
- Chewable tablet
- Oral suspension
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- Dry Mouth8%
- Double vision9%
- Difficulty controlling eyes6%
- Blurry vision6%
- Serious skin rash
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- 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
- 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