What should I know about rufinamide before taking it?

Before taking rufinamide, you should be aware of how various illnesses are affected by this medication. Inform your doctor if you have familial short QT syndrome, which is a hereditary heart condition, or if you have any other heart condition in your family.

If you are being treated for dialysis, have liver, or kidney disease, have a mental or mood disorder, or are contemplating having some type of surgery, including a dental surgical procedure, talk to your doctor before taking this medication. If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, your doctor will probably advise you not to take rufinamide.

You should know that rufinamide can cause hormonal birth control to become less effective and that drinking alcohol can increase your risk for side effects. Suicidal thoughts and behavior may also occur with this medication. You should inform your doctor about all medications, vitamins and herbs that you are taking, because these substances may interact negatively with rufinamide. Particularly mention valproic acid, phenobarbital, phenytoin, carbamazepine, primidone, lamotrigine, and triazolam. If you experience any unusual side effects while taking rufinamide, contact your doctor immediately.

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