Banzel Side Effects
Generic name: rufinamide
Note: This document contains side effect information about rufinamide. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Banzel.
Common side effects of Banzel include: seizure, dizziness, drowsiness, fatigue, headache, nausea, and vomiting. Other side effects include: status epilepticus, ataxia, blurred vision, diplopia, and skin rash. See below for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
For the Consumer
Applies to rufinamide: oral suspension, oral tablets
Side effects include:
Adjunctive therapy in pediatric patients: Somnolence, headache, fatigue, dizziness, influenza, nasopharyngitis, nausea, vomiting, decreased appetite, constipation, stomach pain, decreased weight, cough, sinusitis, bronchitis, pneumonia, otitis media, rash, pruritus, ataxia, diplopia, aggression, hyperactivity, disturbance in attention.
Adjunctive therapy in adults: Headache, dizziness, fatigue, somnolence, diplopia, tremor, nystagmus, blurred vision, nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, constipation, dyspepsia, ataxia, anxiety, back pain, gait disturbance, vertigo.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to rufinamide: oral suspension, oral tablet
Very common (10% or more): Somnolence, headache, dizziness
Common (1% to 10%): Status epilepticus, convulsion, abnormal coordination, nystagmus, psychomotor hyperactivity, tremor[Ref]
The most commonly reported adverse reactions overall were headache, dizziness, fatigue, and somnolence.[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Nausea, vomiting
Common (1% to 10%): Diplopia, blurred vision, nystagmus[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Anxiety, insomnia
Frequency not reported: Suicidal behavior and ideation[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Back pain[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Anemia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Right bundle branch block, first degree atrioventricular block
Frequency not reported: QT shortening[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Rash, acne
Common (1% to 10%): Oligomenorrhea[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Hepatic enzymes increased[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Multi-organ sensitivity reactions (DRESS)
Postmarketing reports: DRESS[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Pneumonia, influenza, nasopharyngitis, ear infection sinusitis, rhinitis[Ref]
Very common (10% or more): Fatigue
Common (1% to 10%): Gait disturbance
Common (1% to 10%): Epistaxis[Ref]
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Related treatment guides
1. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
2. "Product Information. Banzel (rufinamide)." Eisai Inc (2008):
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