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Banzel (rufinamide) is an add-on medication used to treat seizures in adults and pediatric patients who are at least 1 years old with Lennox-Gastaut Syndrome (LGS).
Banzel is available in 200 mg and 400 mg film-coated tablets for oral use. It also comes in a 40 mg/mL oral suspension (liquid).
Be sure to take Banzel exactly as your doctor has prescribed. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor or pharmacist.
Each pediatric patient's Banzel dose is based on weight.
Adults are recommended to start on 400 mg to 800 mg by mouth daily in two equally divided doses. The doctor may increase the dose every other day until the patient reaches a maximum dose of 3,200 mg a day, taken in two divided doses.
Your doctor will tell you how much Banzel you should take and how often.
Banzel contains rufinamide. Inactive ingredients include colloidal silicon dioxide, corn starch, crosscarmellose sodium, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium lauryl sulphate. Hypromellose, iron oxide red, polyethylene glycol, talc, and titanium dioxide make up the film coating of the tablets.
Inactive ingredients in the oral suspension include microcrystalline cellulose and carboxymethylcellulose sodium, hydroxyethylcellulose, anhydrous citric acid, simethicone emulsion 30%, poloxamer 188, methylparaben, propylparaben, propylene glycol, potassium sorbate, noncrystallizing sorbitol solution 70%, and an orange flavor.
Patients with Familial Short QT syndrome should not take Banzel.
Common Banzel medication side effects include headache, dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, and nausea; however, other side effects may occur, so contact your doctor right away if you have bothersome or persistent side effects.
Banzel (rufinamide). Nutley, NJ: Eisai Inc.; 2021.