Drug Class: What is Primidone and why is Primidone prescribed?
Drug Mechanism: How does Primidone work?
Dosage: How should you take Primidone ?
Possible food and drug interactions with Primidone
Special Information on Primidone
Possible Primidone Side effects
|Drug Class: What is Primidone and why is Primidone prescribed?|
Primidone slows down the brain and nervous system. Primidone reduces or controls seizures or convulsions in certain types of epilepsy, except for absence (petit mal) seizures.
|Drug Mechanism: How does Primidone work?|
Primidone contains the active ingredient primidone, which is an antiepileptic medicine. Primidone\'s activity results partly from the action of primidone itself, and partly from its breakdown products, phenobarbital (phenobarbitone) and phenylethylmalonamide (PEMA). It is not fully understood how much of a role each of the three plays in the overall antiepileptic effect of Primidone .
The central nervous system is made up of many nerve cells that communicate with each other through
|Dosage: How should you take Primidone ?|
Take Primidone exactly as prescribed. Do not change from one manufacturer\'s product to another without consulting your doctor.
Days 1 to 3: 100 to 125 milligrams at bedtime
Days 4 to 6: 100 to 125 milligrams 2 times a day
Days 7 to 9: 100 to 125 milligrams 3 times a day
Day 10 to maintenance: 250 milligrams 3 times a day
|Possible food and drug interactions with Primidone|
When Primidone is taken with phenytoin there may be increased conversion of Primidone to phenobarbital, leading to increased phenobarbital levels.
Primidone may reduce the effectiveness of oral contraceptives. Breakthrough bleeding may also occur.
There may be increased drowsiness if Primidone is taken with alcohol or medicines, which cause sedation such as: -
|Special Information on Primidone|
Most Important Fact about Primidone
Primidone precautions if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
|Possible Primidone Side effects|
More common side effects of Primidone may include :
Less common side effects of Primidone may include:
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