Drug Class: Adjunctive
Zonisamide is a sulfa drug that is used together with other anticonvulsant in the treatment of partial seizures in adults having epilepsy. Zonisamide belongs to the anticonvulsants group of drugs and works by reducing abnormal electrical activity in the brain. Zonisamide works on the calcium and sodium channels in the brain cells where it controls electric-currents responsible for seizure activity.
Zonisamide is a medication that treats seizures or epilepsy. It is an anticonvulsant and a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor but its working mechanism to prevent seizures is still unknown. Zonisamide is an oral medication and should be taken through the mouth.
While taking this drug, the patient must be aware of the possible side effects such as the dizziness, trouble sleeping, and loss of appetite, diarrhea, and trouble speaking among others. These are common side effects and thus, if any persists, seek immediate medical attention. Zonisamide is also prone to interaction with other drugs such as aripiprazole, Altapryl, altatapp, alumadrine, acetaminophen among others. Dosage should be based on the patient’s age.