Mysoline (Primidone)

Primidone is marketed as the medication Mysoline. Mysoline is a medication that controls certain types of seizures. Mysoline is an anti-convulsant it works by decreasing irregular electrical activity in the brain. Mysoline should be taken daily, follow the instructions given to you by your doctor or on the prescription packaging. If you have any questions about how to take Mysoline do not hesitate to ask your doctor or pharmacist. Take only the prescribed amount; do not take more or less. Your doctor will start you on a smaller dosage and increase it gradually to find the right dosage for you and your situation. Tell your doctor if you are on any other medications that treat seizures.

Mysoline will not cure your seizures; however, it will treat the symptoms that you experience. Mysoline will take several weeks before you feel the full benefit of it. Continue to take it even if you feel well, as Mysoline does not cure your condition. If you have unusual mood changes or behavior changes tell your doctor immediately and your doctor will help you. Do not stop taking Mysoline because it could cause your seizures to become worse. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to Primidone the active ingredient in Mysoline.

Mysoline can cause some side effects, most of these are not serious, but if you experience any of these and they do not go away please contact your doctor immediately:

  • excessive tiredness
  • dizziness
  • difficulty coordinating movements
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • double vision
  • uncontrollable eye movements
  • decrease in sexual ability

Some side effects are serious and should be brought to the attention of a doctor immediately, if you experience this side effect call your doctor:

  • rash

If you experience any other side effects or Mysoline causes any other health complications call your doctor immediately. Mysoline may also have similar side effects to Depakote. Depakote side effects include:

  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • constipation
  • heartburn
  • changes in appetite
  • weight changes
  • back pain
  • agitation
  • mood swings
  • abnormal thinking
  • memory loss
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • loss of coordination
  • uncontrollable movements of the eyes
  • blurred or double vision
  • ringing in the ears
  • stuffed or runny nose
  • sore throat
  • hair loss

Be careful not to overdose on Mysoline, overdose symptoms include:

  • sleepiness
  • irregular heartbeat
  • coma (loss of consciousness for a period of time)

Call medical personnel by dialing 911 if the victim has stopped breathing or collapsed.