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Zonegran

No Prescription

Abrupt discontinuation of Zonegran can cause seizures.
Do not stop taking this drug on your own.
If the doctor decides to discontinue Zonegran, he will tell you how to taper off slowly.
The drug is prescribed in combination with other antiseizure medications, not by itself.
Zonegran helps reduce the frequency of partial epileptic seizures, a form of epilepsy in which neural disturbances are limited to a specific region of the brain and the victim remains conscious throughout the attack.

Side Effects

Zonegran side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:

More common side effects may include:
- Tiredness;
- Speech abnormalities;
- Rash;
- Prickling or burning skin;
- Nausea;
- Mental slowing;
- Loss of muscle coordination;
- Loss of appetite;
- Irritability;
- Insomnia;
- Headache;
- Flu syndrome;
- Fatigue;
- Drowsiness;
- Double vision and other visual disturbances;
- Dizziness;
- Difficulty with memory;
- Difficulty concentrating;
- Diarrhea;
- Depression;
- Confusion;
- Agitation;
- Abdominal pain;

Less common side effects may include:
- Weight loss;
- Weakness;
- Vomiting;
- Tremor;
- Sensitivity to touch;
- Runny nose;
- Rash;
- Psychotic behavior;
- Nervousness;
- Nasal stuffiness;
- Indigestion;
- Dry mouth;
- Difficulties in verbal expression;
- Convulsions;
- Constipation;
- Bruises;
- Anxiety;
- Alterations in taste sensation;
- Accidental injury;
- Abnormal walk;

Rare side effects may include:
- Sweating;
- Stroke;
- Speech difficulties;
- Spasms;
- Sore throat;
- Skin disorders;
- Ringing in the ears;
- Rectal bleeding;
- Rash;
- Rapid heart rate;
- Painful urination;
- Painful breasts;
- Nerve pain;
- Neck rigidity;
- Muscle weakness;
- Muscle aches;
- Movement disorders;
- Missed menstrual periods;
- Mental problems;
- Malaise;
- Lupus erythematosus;
- Low blood pressure;
- Leg cramps;
- Joint aches;
- Jaundice;
- Itching;
- Inflammation of the gums and inside of the mouth;
- Increased pressure in the eye;
- Increased cough;
- Incontinence;
- Inability to breathe;
- Impotence;
- High blood pressure;
- Heart irregularities and problems;
- Hearing loss;
- Hair loss;
- Gas;
- Gallstones;
- Fluid retention;
- Fatigue;
- Fainting;
- Facial swelling or paralysis;
- Eye problems;
- Euphoria;
- Dry skin;
- Difficulty swallowing;
- Dehydration;
- Decreased sex drive;
- Coughing up blood;
- Chest pain;
- Breast growth in males;
- Bleeding gums;
- Black stools;
- Arthritis;
- Anemia;
- Allergic reaction;
- Acne;
- Abnormal sense of smell;
- Abnormal hair growth;
- Abnormal dreams;

Contraindications

Zonegran is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If your seizures worsen;
- If you start to bruise easily or develop a fever, a sore throat, or blisters in the mouth;
- If you develop symptoms of kidney stones such as back pain, abdominal pain, painful urination, or blood in the urine;
- If you develop a rash while taking zonegran;
- If you are allergic to sulfa drugs such as bactrim;

Interactions

Do not take Zonegran with any of the following drugs:
- Valproate (depakote);
- Phenytoin (dilantin);
- Phenobarbital;
- Carbamazepine (tegretol);

Dosage

ADULTS

The recommended starting dose for adults over the age of 16 is 100 milligrams once a day.
Larger doses can be divided into two smaller doses taken twice a day.
Your physician may wish to increase the dose by 100 milligrams every 2 weeks to a maximum of 600 milligrams per day.

Overdose

Symptoms of Zonegran overdose may include:
- Diminished breathing;
- Low blood pressure;
- Loss of consciousness;
- Slow heartbeat;
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