Compare Banzel vs. Aptiom

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Banzel (rufinamide)

Prescription only

Aptiom (eslicarbazepine)

Prescription only
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.

Prevents seizures

Aptiom (eslicarbazepine) treats epilepsy, but is more expensive than other medicines that work like it.

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.
  • Can be combined with other anti-seizure medicines if it doesn't work well enough by itself.
  • Some people may tolerate Aptiom (eslicarbazepine) better than other medicines that work just like it.
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).
  • More expensive than other medicines that work like it.
  • Researchers do not know if this medicine works and is safe for children and elderly people.
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Used for
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
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Side effects
18possible 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%
  • Movement coordination problems
    4%
  • Upper abdominal pain
    3%
  • Anxiety
    3%
  • Constipation
    3%
  • Indigestion
    3%
  • Back pain
    3%
  • Difficulty walking
    3%
  • Balance problems
    3%
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25possible side effects
  • Dizziness
    20%
  • Headache
    13%
  • Drowsiness
    11%
  • Nausea
    10%
  • Double vision
    9%
  • Blurry vision
    6%
  • Vomiting
    6%
  • Diarrhea
    4%
  • Fatigue
    4%
  • Inability to control your movements
    4%
  • Falls
    3%
  • Loss of balance
    3%
  • Dizziness or spinning sensation
    2%
  • Other vision problems
    2%
  • Constipation
    2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%
  • Inflammation of stomach
    2%
  • Lack of energy
    2%
  • Problems with walking
    2%
  • Swelling of the hands and feet
    2%
  • Urinary tract infections
    2%
  • Low sodium levels
    2%
  • Tremor
    2%
  • Insomnia
    2%
  • Cough
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Suicidal behavior
    • Taking other medicines to control seizures
  • Sleepiness and movement problems
  • Heart problems
    • Familial short QT syndrome
  • Allergic reactions
    • Children under 12 years of age
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Stopping Banzel (rufinamide) suddenly
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  • Changes in mood and suicidal thoughts and behaviors
  • Serious skin problems
  • Serious allergic reactions
  • Low sodium levels
  • Changes in alertness
    • Higher doses of Aptiom (eslicarbazepine)
  • Risk of increased seizures
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