Brand Names : Zonegran
Proper Use of This Medicine
Take this medicine only as directed by your doctor
to help your condition
as much as possible. Do not take more or less of it, and do not take it more
or less often than your doctor ordered.
Zonisamide may be taken with or without food, on a full or empty stomach.
Swallow capsule whole. Do not break or crush.
Dosing - The dose of zonisamide will be different
for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or
the directions on the label
. The following information includes only
the average doses of zonisamide. If your dose is different,
do not change it
unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The number of capsules that you take depends on the strength of the medicine.
Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time
allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend
on the medical problem for which you are taking zonisamide
dosage form (capsules):
For partial seizures (epilepsy)
Adults and teenagers 16 years of age and older - At first, 100
milligrams (mg) a day for two weeks. The dose may then be increased by 100
mg a day once every two weeks, as decided by your doctor. However, the dose
is usually not more than 400 mg a day, taken one or two times a day.
Children up to 16 years of age - Use and dose must be determined
by the doctor.
Missed dose - If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it
as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip
the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double
Storage - To store this medicine:
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not store in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink, or in other
damp places. Heat or moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed. Ask your
health care professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not
use. Be sure that any discarded medicine is out of the reach of children.