Primidone is used in the controlling of seizures caused by epilepsy
How it Works
Primidone is known as an anti-epileptic drug, primidone is also called an anticonvulsant. Primidone works by controlling the abnormal electrical activity in the brain that occurs during a seizure.Primidone controls seizures caused by epilepsy by increasing the action of GABA(gamma-aminobutyric acid), is an inhibitory neurotransmitter. GABA chemical messenger suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.
Common Side effects
Some of the potential side effects of Primidone can include the symptoms below; Drowsiness, Vomiting, Vertigo, Skin rash, Nausea, Diarrhoea.
Primidone is known as an anti-epileptic and anticonvulsant drug. This medicine helps control sudden epileptic-like seizure like movements or activity. Another trade name of brand name for this drug is Mysoline. Nicholas is a manufacturer of this medication.
Primidone is a white crystalline substance. The inactive ingredients of primidone are lactose, sodium starch glyconate, microcrystalline cellulose, talc, magnesium stearate, water, lactose, and sodium lauryl sulphate. The tablet of 250 mg strength contains iron oxide yellow.
This drug for is primarily used for treatment as an adjunct medication of seizures of any type such as psychomotor, focal epileptic type and grand mal. This treatment is safe to use alone but it is better to use it combined with anti convulsant drug to achieve maximum health benefit.
Dosage and administration
This drug requires an oral administration. A patient must take this drug three times a day to four times a day depending on doctor's requirements.On the first day of treatment, the dosage recommendation is primidone 100 mg to 125 mg before going to sleep. On the fourth day, the dosage is 100 mg to 125 mg two times a day. On the seventh to nine days of treatment dose is 100 mg to 125 mg three times a day. For maintenance treatment, the dose is 250 mg three times a day. Proper adjustment of dosage is necessary depending on the patient tolerance and response to drug treatment. For patient below 8 years old dosage suggested is 50 mg on the first day up to the third day, taking it before going to sleep. On the fourth to sixth day of treatment dose is 50 mg two times a day. On the seventh, up to nine days of treatment dose is 100 mg two times a day. For maintenance treatment, dosage recommendation is 125 mg to 250 mg three times a day.
It is contradicted for a patient with known hypersensitivity reactions to this drug to take primidone and any of its contents.
Precautionary measures are necessary for patients who are neonate and elderly. Pregnant women must never use this drug as this medicine may have a harmful effect to the fetus. If you are prescribed to this drug when you are pregnant, make sure to take vitamin K medication according to the doctors advise. Report to your health care provider any vital information if you have any allergy including food and drug allergy, and if you are taking any over the counter drug.
Among the commonly reported side effects of this drug therapy is dizziness, easy fatigability, nausea with or without vomiting, anorexia or loss of appetite, and decreased in sexual urge or ability. Please seek medical attention right away if you experience severe drug side effects such as formation of itchy rash that is severe in nature, chest tightness, and inflammation of the facial structure.
Keep this drug in its original container. Store it in a room temperature away from direct sunlight and moisture. Always refer to drug literature to ensure proper handling of the drug.