Mysoline

(primidone)

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Treats seizures.

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Mysoline (primidone) can be used to control certain seizures by itself or with other medicines. However, it's best used as an alternative to other medicines to control seizures.

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Quick facts about primidone
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (primidone)

Upsides

  • Mysoline (primidone) can be used by itself or with other medicines to control seizures.
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Downsides

  • Mysoline (primidone) is not a first choice to control seizures because it can be addictive.
  • Mysoline (primidone) can interact with many medicines, like blood thinners and birth control.
  • While Mysoline (primidone) is generic, it may still be expensive because there aren't a lot of companies who make it, and many insurance companies won't cover it unless you've tried other medicines first.
  • Mysoline (primidone) can only control a few types of seizures.
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How it works

Mysoline (primidone) is a deoxybarbiturate. The body breaks it down into chemicals that help stop seizures from happening in the brain.

Quick facts about primidone
  • Drug class: Neuro/psych
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (primidone)

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What to expect when you take Mysoline (primidone) for Seizure prevention

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  • Drowsiness & sleepiness
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  • Difficulty controlling movements
  • Balance problems
  • Nausea
  • Skin rashes
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Risks and Warnings for Mysoline (primidone)

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  • Mysoline (primidone) contains chemicals that can possibly be habit-forming or addictive if you take them more than necessary. Talk to your doctor if you find yourself taking Mysoline (primidone) more than you need to, or if you're running out of medicine before your next refill.

Common concerns from people taking Mysoline (primidone)

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Pregnancy

Research studies with real people found harmful effects on unborn babies, but 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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Interactions
  • Mysoline (primidone) can interact with many medicines, like blood thinners and birth control.
Alcohol
  • Mysoline (primidone) can slow your breathing, so don't drink alcohol or take any narcotics with it.