Prescription onlyClass: Neuro/psych

Banzel

(rufinamide)

Prescription onlyClass: Neuro/psych
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Added to other medicines to control seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

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Our bottom line

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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Prices and coupon for 120 (400mg) tablets of rufinamide

Upsides

  • 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

  • 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).
How it works

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.

What to expect when you take Banzel (rufinamide) for Lennox-Gastaut disease

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Side effect rates for Banzel (rufinamide)

1199 From clinical trials of Banzel / Lennox-Gastaut disease, adults
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Sleepiness
  • Double vision
  • Tremors
  • Difficulty controlling eyes
  • Blurry vision
  • Vomiting

Risks and Warnings for Banzel (rufinamide)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Taking other medicines to control seizures

    Banzel (rufinamide), like other medicines used to control seizures, can increase the risk of suicide. If your mood worsens and you want to hurt yourself after you start taking Banzel (rufinamide), talk to your doctor right away.

Common concerns from people taking Banzel (rufinamide)

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Sleep
  • 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.