Compare Tegretol vs. Banzel

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Tegretol
(carbamazepine)

Banzel
(rufinamide)

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.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.
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4.48Tegretol
Reviews for Tegretol
56%
of people (All ages) say Tegretol is worth it
43%
say it works well
23%
say it's a big hassle
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Side effects
TegretolBanzel
  • Dizziness 32%
  • Drowsiness 19%
  • Nausea 18%
  • Vomiting 15%
  • Lack of muscle coordination 15%
  • Constipation 5%
  • Itching 6%
  • Dry mouth 5%
  • Muscle weakness 4%
  • Rash 3%
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  • Sleepiness 8%
  • Headache 8%
  • Vomiting 9%
  • Fatigue 1%
  • Dizziness 2%
  • Nausea 4%
  • Flu 1%
  • Common cold 2%
  • Decreased appetite 3%
  • Rash 2%
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How it works
TegretolBanzel
Tegretol (Carbamazepine) is an antiepileptic. Researchers don't know exactly how it works, but it seems to block certain kinds of nerve activity to reduce seizures and pain.Banzel (rufinamide) is a triazole derivative. It's not known exactly how it works, but it resets the signals firing in your brain to prevent seizures.
Type of medication
TegretolBanzel
Prescription onlyPrescription only
Available as
TegretolBanzel
  • Pill
  • Extended release
  • Chewable tablet
  • Oral suspension
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Used for
TegretolBanzel
  • Lennox Gastaut Syndrome
Risk factors for serious side effects
TegretolBanzel
  • People also taking Depakote
  • Asian ancestry
  • History of depression
  • European, Chinese, or Japanese ancestry
  • Age 65 years or older
Detailed Tegretol (carbamazepine) risks & warnings »
  • Taking other medicines to control seizures
  • Familial short QT syndrome
  • Children under 12 years of age
  • Stopping Banzel (rufinamide) suddenly
Detailed Banzel (rufinamide) risks & warnings »
Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but the benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Interactions
TegretolBanzel
  • Interacts with many other medicines and supplements.
No interactions related info.
Sleep
TegretolBanzel
No sleep related info.
  • Banzel (rufinamide) can make you feel sleepy or cause changes in your movement. Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration until you know how your body reacts to Banzel (rufinamide). If these changes bother you, talk to your doctor.
Upsides and benefits
TegretolBanzel
  • 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 and risks
TegretolBanzel
  • 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).
Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
TegretolBanzel
  • For the first week, avoid activities that require you to be alert.
  • Report skin rashes or blistering immediately.
  • Don't use if pregnant.
  • Requires routine blood tests.
  • Report confusion, persistent abdominal pain, yellowing of eyes/skin, or easy bruising to your doctor.
  • Takes up to 5 weeks to feel full effects on mood.
  • Take Banzel (rufinamide) with food so that your body absorbs it well.
  • Let your doctor or pharmacist know if you suddenly develop a rash while taking Banzel (rufinamide)
  • Don't drive or do anything that requires concentration when taking Banzel (rufinamide) until you know how it affects you.
  • Closely follow your doctor's instructions on how much and when to take Banzel (rufinamide).
  • Banzel (rufinamide) can affect how your birth control medicine works. You may have to switch birth control methods.
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