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Side Effects of Rufinamide

While most people do not experience problems while taking rufinamide, side effects can still occur. Common side effects include headaches, dizziness, and nausea. In most cases, side effects are generally minor and easily treated. However, make sure to contact your healthcare provider right away if you develop serious problems while taking the drug, such as depression, suicidal thoughts, or an unexplained rash.

An Introduction to Rufinamide Side Effects

Just like any medicine, rufinamide (Banzel™) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. 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 are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with rufinamide. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of rufinamide side effects with you.)

Side Effects of Rufinamide to Report

Some side effects with rufinamide are potentially serious and should be reported to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts
  • Aggression
  • Any other mood changes or unusual behavioral changes
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, including:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing or swallowing.
It is especially important to let your healthcare provider know if you develop a rash that is accompanied by a fever, as this can be a sign of a dangerous reaction to rufinamide.
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