Banzel

(rufinamide)

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Added to other medicines to control seizures caused by Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

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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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Quick facts about Banzel
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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.
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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).
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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.

Quick facts about Banzel
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Lennox-Gastaut syndrome

Dosage forms

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

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  • Possible side effects
  • Suicidal behavior
  • Sleepiness and movement problems
  • Allergic reactions
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness and fainting
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Side effect rates for Banzel (rufinamide)

From 1199 clinical trials of Banzel when taken for lennox-gastaut disease, adults
  • Headache
    27%27%
    26%26%
  • Dizziness
    19%19%
    12%12%
  • Fatigue
    16%16%
    10%10%
  • Nausea
    12%12%
    9%9%
  • Sleepiness
    11%11%
    9%9%
  • Double vision
    9%9%
    3%3%
  • Tremors
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Difficulty controlling eyes
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Blurry vision
    6%6%
    2%2%
  • Vomiting
    5%5%
    4%4%
  • Movement coordination problems
    4%4%
  • Upper abdominal pain
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Anxiety
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Constipation
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Indigestion
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Back pain
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Difficulty walking
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Balance problems
    3%3%
    1%1%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Banzel.

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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.

Pharmacist Q&A

Banzel (rufinamide) questions for

Frequently Asked Questions

This medication treats seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in adults.

Who is this drug for?

This medication treats seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome in adults.

Common concerns from people taking Banzel (rufinamide)

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Pregnancy

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.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
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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.