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What should I know about zonisamide before taking it?

Before taking zonisamide, you should know that you should never stop taking it without first consulting your doctor, as this can trigger seizures.

If you experience muscle pain or weakness or if your seizures get worse, talk to your doctor right away.

Also, let your doctor know if you develop a skin rash while taking zonisamide, as this can be a sign of an allergic reaction. Do not take zonisamide if you are allergic to sulfonamides or any ingredient in zonisamide.

Zonisamide has been known to make people drowsy, so you should not drive or perform other similar activities until you know how the drug affects you.

In addition, people who take zonisamide are at a greater risk for developing kidney stones. Let your doctor know if you have symptoms of kidney stones, such as abdominal or back pain, bloody urine, or pain while urinating.

Although rare, zonisamide can also cause anemia or other blood problems.

Let your doctor know if you have a fever, sore throat, or mouth blisters.

Children younger than 16 years of age and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not take zonisamide.

This drug can interact with other medications, so let your doctor know about any other medications you are taking, particularly if you take carbamazepine, phenytoin, or valproate.

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