Zonegran (Zonisamide) and/or alternatives
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General Information On Zonegran
Zonegran or Zonisamide is an anti-seizure agent used for treating partial or focal seizures in adults suffering from epilepsy. When an epilepsy patient suffers from partial seizures, the neural disturbances are restricted to a certain section of the brain, and the patient is conscious throughout the epilepsy attack. Zonegran is a carbonic anhydrase inhibitor and anticonvulsant medication that is used for treating and curing epilepsy.
Side Effects for Zonegran
If you buy Zonegran, you may initiall suffer from headaches, tiredness, drowsiness, weight loss, blurred vision, cough, and cold. In some cases, people using Zonegran can experience skin hives/rashes, swelling of the face, tongue, or lips, and also suffer from breathing difficulties. You should consult your doctor immediately if you experience anxiety, violent mood swings, think about suicide all too often, or notice other behavioral changes in yourself. Stop taking the medication and visit your healthcare provider if you experience an increase in seizures, uneven heartbeats, unusual weakness, easy bruising, flu-like symptoms, problem speaking or concentration, stomach ache, and frequent/less urination.
Inform the doctor about any kind of prescription, non-prescription or herbal medications that you are using before you buy Zonegran, as this drug contains various inactive ingredients that can cause allergies. Tell your doctor if you are having any kidney problem, liver disease, breathing/lung problem, stomach disorder, metabolic imbalance, psychological problems, or if you are following any special diet such as the Ketogenic diet before you use this medicine. As this drug can make you drowsy and dizzy, do not drive or do any activity that requires high alertness after using Zonegran. Zonegran decreases your body’s ability to sweat so avoid drinking alcohol, keep away from the sun, drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages, and do not indulge in any high intensity physical activity when using Zonisamide
Zonegran 100 mg, Zonegran 50 mg and Zonegran 25 mg pills are available for purchase online with a prescription from your doctor. Take the medicine as per your doctor’s prescription. Most doctors will usually have their patients start with Zonegran 100mg, which you should swallow with a tall glass of water. You can have this medicine with or without food. After monitoring your progress, doctors may increase your dose, but do not take more than 300mg of Zonegran daily. While on Zonegran, it is important to keep your body well hydrated by consuming large quantities of water and non-alcoholic fluids. An overdose of this medication can be fatal. Therefore, if you miss a dose, then take the next tablet as per the dosage schedule. Do not consume two pills at one time, and do not stop taking this medication or modify the dosage before consulting your doctor.
Zonegran, when taken with narcotic pain relievers, anti-histamines, sedatives, muscle relaxants, and anti-depressants, can make you feel drowsy. Inform your doctor if you are using any of the above medications and other seizure medications such as Phenytoin, Carbamazepine, or Phenobarbital before getting started with this anti-seizure medication.
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What is a "Generic" medication/drug?
Generic drugs are medications that have comparable medicinal ingredients as the original brand name drug, but which are generally cheaper in price. Nearly 1 in 3 drugs dispensed are "generic". They undergo testing to ensure that they are similar to their "brand" counterparts in:
- Active Ingredient (e.g. "Pravastatin" is the active ingredient in brand name Pravachol)
- Dosage (e.g. 10 mg of the active ingredient)
- Safety (e.g. same or similar side effects, drug interactions)
- Performance (e.g. 10 mg of a "generic" can be substituted for 10 mg of the "brand" and have the same therapeutic result)
- Intended use (e.g. both "generic" and "brand" would be prescribed for the same conditions)
What this means is that "generic" medications can be used as a substitute of their brand equivalents with the comparable therapeutic results. There are a few exceptions (examples are outlined at the end of this page) and as always you should consult your physician before switching from a brand name medications to a generic or vice versa.
What differences are there between generic and brand?
While generics and brand equivalent drugs contain the same active ingredients, they may be different in the following ways:
- Appearance (e.g. the scoring or markings)
The color, shape and size of the medication come from the fillers that are added to the active ingredients to make the drug. These fillers that are added to the drug have no medical use and do not to change the effectiveness of the final product. A generic drug must contain comparable active ingredients and must have a comparable strength and dosage as the original brand name equivalent. Generic drugs can be more cost effective than purchasing the brand name.
Why do generics cost less than the brand name equivalents?
When a new drug is "invented", the company that discovered it has a patent on it that gives them the exclusive production rights for this medication. Once the patent expires in a country, other companies can bring the product to market under their own name. This patent prevents other companies from copying the drug during that time so they can earn back their Research and Development costs through being the exclusive supplier of the product. After the patent expires however, other companies can develop a "generic" version of the product. These versions generally are offered at much lower prices because the companies do not have the same development costs as the original company who developed the medication.
The main thing to realize here though is that the two products are therapeutically equivalent. They may look different, and be called something different.
How are Generic drugs tested to ensure quality and efficacy?
Generally speaking, the two most generally accepted methods to prove the safety of a generic version of a drug are to either repeat most of the chemistry, animal and human studies originally done, or to show that the drug performs comparably with the original brand name drug. This second option is called a "comparative bioavailability" study. During this type of study, volunteers are given the original drug, and then separately later the generic drug. The rates at which the drug is delivered to the patient (into their blood stream or otherwise absorbed) are measured to ensure they are the same. Because the same active ingredient is used the major concern is just that it delivers the common chemical(s) at the same rate so that they have the same effect. Please note that the methods that the manufacturers use may vary from country to country.