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What Is Banzel& How Does It Treat Epilepsy?

Learn about the medication Banzel and how it is used to treat epilepsy from Steve Wolf, MD and Patty McGoldrick, NP in this Howcast video.


Banzel otherwise known as Rufinamide is one of the newer anti-seizure medications. It’s really indicated for children with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome is one of the more difficult to control epilepsies with multiple seizure types. These are kids who have drop seizures, abson seizures, as well as generalized tonic colonic seizures and this is one of those newer medications. It’s a newer medication it’s used again for Lennox-Gastaut and difficult to treat seizures. It can be used twice a day up to three times a day. You start a lower dose and gradually push it up. The biggest side effects are stomach upset, they can get drowsy on it. And what people need to keep in mind is that you need to push through the side effects and get to a point to where you can stop the seizures, and then maybe slowly cut down on the dose to cut down on the side effects. So it’s important to speak to the people who are taking care of you, if this is a good medication for you or your child. Go over the risks and benefits of the medication, make sure you are the right seizure type for this anti-epiletic. And make sure your doctors push it to the maximum dose, because if they don’t go high enough we might not get good control.

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