Compare Tegretol vs. Zonegran
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.
Zonegran (zonisamide) is used with other medicines to help control partial seizures. It can't be used 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.
- Available in generic.
- Can be given once a day, so it's easier to remember.
- You can take Zonegran (zonisamide) with or without food.
- 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.
- Zonegran (zonisamide) has to be used with other medicines to help control your seizures. It's not used by itself.
- Zonegran (zonisamide) is only approved in people age 16 or older.
- Zonegran (zonisamide) can cause kidney stones; so you have to make sure you drink plenty of liquids.
- Zonegran (zonisamide) can weaken your bones. Talk to your doctor about how to keep your bones strong.
- Other medicines used to control seizures can interact with Zonegran (zonisamide), so your doctor might have to change the dosing of your medications.
- Extended release
- Chewable tablet
- Oral suspension
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- Dry Mouth8%
- Loss of appetite13%
- Agitation or Irritability9%
- Stomach pain6%
- Difficulty controlling movements6%
- 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
- Sulfa medicine allergy
Allergy to sulfonamides such as Septra or Bactrim
- Heat stroke and less sweating
Under age 18
- Suicidal behavior
Taking other medicines to control seizures
- Higher blood acid
...and 2 more risk factors