10 patient evaluations for Zonisamide taken for the purpose of 'epilepsy'

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Dec 16, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (depression with suicidal thoughts, mood swings, anger, numbness and tingling in hands, loss of appetite, increased anxiety, suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 30, 2016 (Started Jun 30, 2016)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (depression with suicidal thoughts, mood swings, anger, numbness and tingling in hands, loss of appetite, increased anxiety, suicidal thoughts or urges)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 6, 2013 (Started May 02, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (brain fog, temperature sensitivity to heat, drowsiness, weight loss, anxious mood, dizziness and feeling faint, panic attacks, decreased sex drive (libido), blurry vision, lack of motivation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: $100-199 monthly

May 7, 2013 (Started May 02, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (brain fog, temperature sensitivity to heat, drowsiness, weight loss, anxious mood, dizziness and feeling faint, panic attacks, decreased sex drive (libido), blurry vision, lack of motivation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Ive been on Zonegran for a month. I still cannot tell whether it is 100% completely effective for my epilepsy but I am taking it alongside with Keppra. I used to take Keppra with Trileptal. I do like it better than the Trileptal so far, but the only major thing I dont like so far is the heat sensitivity that Im having with this medication. What do I mean by this you ask? If you're on Zonegran... please please please... be careful when you go outside in hot weather. This medication will make you super sensitive to it! I had some scary heat exhaustion from it today (but luckily I am fine now) so I guess you can say that I found out the hard way. I never hard that problem before I was on this medication. Make sure you are properly hydrated as much as possible and keep yourself properly cooled is the best advice I can give you at the moment if you are taking this medication.
Cost: $100-199 monthly

  • 1 helpful mark

Apr 20, 2013 (Started Oct 15, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Sep 22, 2012 (Started Jun 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (gait problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 75 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

Sep 8, 2012 (Started Jun 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild (gait problems)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: little better seizure control
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 30, 2012 (Started Jun 04, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (gait problems)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 400 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 5, 2012 (Started Jul 15, 2006)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (problems concentrating, anger and irritability between doses, outburst of anger, short term memory problems, depression with suicidal thoughts, nausea and vomiting, loss of appetite)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Advice & Tips: I turned into a zombie, who just might take your head off. I went from 210lbs. around the end of October down to 145lbs. in January. I also *looked* like a zombie. I can't tell you how long I spent just staring out the window of my apartment. It was so bad that I actually told my ex-wife that I didn't think it was safe for our son to come visit me. It worked, but eventually the benefits just weren't worth it.

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 18, 2012 (Started Dec 15, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: make sure you take it on time everyday and do not skip doses its hard to get use out of this med if you miss doeses

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 19, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Cost: $25-49 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 7, 2011 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: There are no positive side effects, but I havn't found any negitive ones either. But this medication has decreased my ability to sweat, making me more likely to get heat stroke. But the out come is worth it. I have never been in a better place with my seizures. I just need to avoid activities that may cause me to over heat. And drink plenty of fluids in hot weather.

Jun 16, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Mild
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 300 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 11, 2010 (Started May 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dry mouth, excessive dry mouth, metallic taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Side effects: metallic taste in mouth, dry mouth, excessive dry mouth

Aug 24, 2010 (Started May 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (dry mouth, excessive dry mouth, metallic taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: 200 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: This treatment although seemingly effective caused a dry mouth which was unresolvable. Since a solution was not readily available, I ended this treatment to review with my doctor.
Side effects: metallic taste in mouth, dry mouth, excessive dry mouth

Apr 15, 2010 (Started May 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Severe (dry mouth, excessive dry mouth, metallic taste in mouth)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Side effects: metallic taste in mouth, dry mouth, excessive dry mouth

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 1, 2007 (Started Oct 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for epilepsy)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (hallucinations, rashes (redness, swelling))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 25 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Serious hallucinations and stomach problems arose from this medicine. Also it made me schizophrenic...
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: hallucinations, rashes (redness, swelling), rashes (redness, swelling)

  • 0 helpful marks
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