How do I use zonisamide?

You should take zonisamide exactly as directed by your doctor. Typically, this will be once or twice a day, with or without food. Take zonisamide around the same time each day to stay on schedule. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain anything that seems unclear. Do not increase the dosage or number of times you take the drug each day.

Swallow the capsules whole. Never split, chew or crush them. Your doctor may start you on a low dose of zonisamide and gradually increase your dose, but not more often than once every two weeks.

Zonisamide may help control your condition but it will not cure it. It may take two weeks or longer before you feel the full benefits of zonisamide. Continue to take zonisamide even if you feel well. Do not stop taking zonisamide without talking to your doctor, even if you experience side effects such as unusual changes in behavior or mood. If you suddenly stop taking zonisamide, your seizures may become worse.

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