) is a prescription medication used to treat partial seizures
, a specific type of epileptic seizure
. Seizures are divided into two major categories -- partial seizures (sometimes called focal seizures) and generalized seizures. Partial seizures occur in just one part of the brain, while generalized seizures affect both sides of the brain. Zonisamide is approved for use with other seizure medications to control partial seizures.
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with zonisamide. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
- Loss of appetite
- Agitation or irritability
(Click Side Effects of Zonisamide to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
The following eMedTV articles describe specific side effects: