Compare Banzel vs. felbamate

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Banzel (rufinamide)

Prescription only

Felbatol (felbamate)

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.

Controls seizures.

Felbatol (felbamate) controls seizures, but it can have bad side effects.

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.
  • Felbatol (felbamate) can be used by itself or with other medicines to control seizures.
  • Felbatol (felbamate) is available in generic and in both a pill and a liquid form.
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).
  • Can harm your spleen and liver.
  • Consider only if other anti-seizure medicines have not worked well.
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Used for
  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome
Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Liquid
Price
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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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45possible side effects
  • Loss of appetite
    55%
  • Sleepiness
    48%
  • Common cold or flu
    45%
  • Vomiting
    39%
  • Headache
    37%
  • Nausea
    34%
  • Fever
    23%
  • Dizziness
    18%
  • Insomnia
    18%
  • Fatigue
    17%
  • Nervousness
    16%
  • Constipation
    13%
  • Purple skin spots
    13%
  • Indigestion
    12%
  • Difficulty walking
    10%
  • Rash
    10%
  • Hiccups
    10%
  • Sore throat
    10%
  • Ear infection
    10%
  • Weight loss
    7%
  • Pain
    7%
  • Unusual thoughts
    7%
  • Difficulty controlling movements
    7%
  • Loss of bladder control
    7%
  • Mood swings
    7%
  • Vision changes
    7%
  • Low white blood cells
    7%
  • Coughing
    7%
  • Tremor
    6%
  • Double vision
    6%
  • Changes in taste
    6%
  • Anxiety
    5%
  • Walking problems
    5%
  • Depression
    5%
  • Diarrhea
    5%
  • Abdominal pain
    5%
  • Flu and common cold
    5%
  • Changes in vision
    5%
  • Tingling or prickling sensation
    4%
  • Abnormal liver tests
    4%
  • Sinus infection
    4%
  • Chest pain
    3%
  • Dry mouth
    3%
  • Loss of consciousness
    3%
  • Muscle pain
    3%
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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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  • Aplastic anemia
  • Liver failure
  • Suicidal behavior
    • Taking medicines for seizures
  • Sleepiness
  • Withdrawal seizures
    • Stopping Felbatol (felbamate) suddenly
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