Banzel (Rufinamide)

Banzel (Rufinamide) is a medication used to treat people who suffer from Lennox-Gastaut syndrome, which is a severe form of epilepsy. Lennox-Gastaut syndrome causes seizures, behavioral disturbances, and developmental delays. Banzel is in a class of medication called anticonvulsants, and works by altering the abnormal excitement in the brain.
Your doctor may initially prescribe a small dose of Banzel (Rufinamide) and gradually give you more.  Banzel may help your condition but it is not a cure to epilepsy or Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. You should continue taking your prescription even if you have not had any symptoms of your condition. And always talk to you doctor before stopping Banzel treatment, as this may cause your seizures to become worse. This medication may also be used by your doctor to treat other conditions.
Be sure to consult with your doctor before taking Banzel. Notify your doctor of any other medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, or anything else you take on a regular basis as to insure your safety while taking Banzel. However, continue with your normal diet unless notified by your doctor.
Banzel has several different side effects, call your doctor if any side effects are severe or do not stop. Side effects include:

  • sleepiness
  • headache
  • loss of coordination
  • difficulty walking
  • excessive movement or activity
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • uncontrollable movements of the eyes
  • difficulty paying attention
  • dizziness
  • loss of appetite
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • back pain
  • stomach pain

Banzel may have side effects similar to that of Topamax. Similar Topamax side effects are:

  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • uncontrollable eye movements
  • difficulty concentrating
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • back, muscle, or bone pain

If you experience any of these serious side effects call your doctor right away:

  • fever
  • rash
  • hives
  • itching
  • swelling of the face
  • decreased ability to respond to others
  • seizures
  • blurred or double vision
  • yellowing of the skin or eyes
  • dark-colored urine
  • light-colored stool

If you experience any other side effects caused by Banzel be sure to call your doctor. Other side effects can be serious and your doctor will know what to do.
Be sure not to overdose on Banzel. If an over dose and the victim is not moving, collapsed, or is not breathing call emergency medical personnel by dialing 911. Otherwise call your local poison control center.
Always be sure to take Banzel as directed by your doctor or as written on the prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist any questions you have about taking Banzel.