zonisamide

This medicine is an anticonvulsant used for treating certain types of seizures (partial seizures) in patients with epilepsy. It is used along with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is an anticonvulsant used for treating certain types of seizures (partial seizures) in patients with epilepsy. It is used along with other medicines. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to a sulfonamide medicine, such as acetazolamide, celecoxib, certain diuretics (eg, hydrochlorothiazide), glyburide, probenecid, sulfamethoxazole, or valdecoxib. LAB TESTS may be performed while you use this medicine to monitor your condition or check for side effects. Keep all doctor and lab appointments. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS, DROWSINESS, OR VISION CHANGES. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use this medicine with caution. DO NOT DRIVE OR PERFORM OTHER POSSIBLY UNSAFE TASKS until you know how you react to it. THIS MEDICINE MAY REDUCE SWEATING, which could increase the risk of heat stroke, especially in children. The risk is greater in hot weather and/or during vigorous exercise. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS. Dress lightly while in hot climates or when exercising. Check carefully for signs of decreased sweating. If this occurs, promptly seek cooler or air-conditioned shelter and/or stop exercising. Seek medical attention right away if you have an unexplained fever, or if you have mental or mood changes, headache, or dizziness. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR AT ONCE if your seizures worsen or if you develop a skin rash. TELL YOUR DOCTOR OR DENTIST THAT YOU TAKE THIS MEDICINE before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. PATIENTS WHO TAKE THIS MEDICINE MAY BE AT INCREASED RISK FOR SUICIDAL THOUGHTS OR ACTIONS. The risk may be greater in patients who have had suicidal thoughts or actions in the past. Watch patients who take this medicine closely. Contact the doctor at once if new, worsened, or sudden symptoms such as depressed mood; anxious, restless, or irritable behavior; panic attacks; or any unusual change in mood or behavior occur. Contact the doctor right away if any signs of suicidal thoughts or actions occur. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING THIS MEDICINE IN THE ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects. THIS MEDICINE SHOULD BE USED WITH EXTREME CAUTION IN CHILDREN younger than 16 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. CHILDREN may have a higher risk of heatstroke, kidney stones, decreased growth, and metabolic acidosis. FOR WOMEN: Women who take this medicine should use effective birth control while using this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE HARM to the fetus. DO NOT BECOME PREGNANT while you are using it. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant. IT IS NOT KNOWN IF THIS MEDICINE IS FOUND in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you use this medicine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
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