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What Is Rufinamide Used For?

How Does Rufinamide Work?

Seizures are the result of brief changes in how the brain's electrical system works. It is not known exactly how rufinamide works for treating seizures. Studies suggest that it may work by affecting sodium channels in the brain, preventing the abnormal activity from spreading. In particular, this medication seems to keep the sodium channels in an inactive state for a longer period of time, which helps control seizures.

Rufinamide Uses in Children or Teens

Rufinamide is approved for use in children as young as four years old. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using rufinamide in children. The tablets can be split in half or crushed, if necessary. However, rufinamide is also available as an oral suspension (liquid), which may be helpful for young children who have difficulty swallowing tablets.

Is Rufinamide Used for Off-Label Reasons?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend rufinamide for something other than for seizure associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome. Using the medication to treat any other type of epilepsy would be an off-label rufinamide use.
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