Zefretol 800 Tablet


Overview

Introduction

Zefretol 800 Tablet is a prescription medicine used to treat epilepsy (seizures). It helps to decrease the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells and calms the brain.

Zefretol 800 Tablet may be taken with or without food, preferably at the same time, each day. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Do not stop taking it abruptly without discussing it with your doctor, as it may increase seizure frequency.

Some of the common side effects of this medicine include blurred or double vision, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and diarrhea. It may also cause dizziness and sleepiness, do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you.  Please consult your doctor if these side effects bother you or do not go away.

Your doctor may advice for regular monitoring of sodium levels, as it may reduce the sodium levels in your blood (hyponatremia). Inform your doctor if you are taking oral contraceptive pills as this medicine reduces their levels in the body.

Uses of Zefretol Tablet

Side effects of Zefretol Tablet

Common
  • Sleepiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Double vision
  • Fatigue
  • Balance disorder (loss of balance)
  • Diarrhea
  • Impaired coordination
  • Vertigo
  • Decreased appetite
  • Decreased sodium level in blood
  • Dizziness

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Sleepiness
    If the medicine is making you drowsy during the day, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. You can also consider taking a nap. Physical exercises such as walking may be helpful. Do not drink alcohol, as it will make you feel more tired. Avoid driving or operating heavy equipment when you are feeling drowsy. This problem usually goes away as your body gets used to the medicine. However, if it does not, ask your doctor if you can take your medicine at bedtime or whether the dose can be reduced.
  • Coping with Blurred vision
    You can consider washing your eyes with water. Avoid driving or using tools or machines if your vision is impaired. Do not take your next dose if your vision is still blurry. If it gets worse or does not improve, ask your doctor to recommend eye drops or talk about changing your medications.
  • Coping with Nausea
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop from feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Vomiting
    You can help yourself by eating small, frequent meals rather than large ones and drinking plenty of fluids. Eat slowly. Avoid fatty, fried, spicy and very sweet foods. Eat cold or slightly warm food if the smell of cooked or cooking food makes you feel sick. Get plenty of fresh air. You could also try chewing ginger or drinking ginger tea. Eat bananas to replace potassium in your blood which can drop if you are sick (vomit). Use oral rehydration salts to replace vitamins and minerals lost through being sick. There are some medicines that can help you stop feeling sick. Speak to your doctor if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Diarrhea
    Keep up your intake of fluids and electrolytes (sugars and salts) to avoid getting dehydrated. Eat less fiber (avoid raw fruits, fruit juice and vegetables). Talk to your doctor about possible medication to manage diarrhea. Ask about reducing the dosage of your drug or other suitable treatments.
  • Coping with Impaired coordination
    If you feel unsteady, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Try getting up very slowly from a sitting or lying position. If your condition does not improve, talk with your doctor about changing the dose or trying an alternative medicine.
  • Coping with Vertigo
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax, as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptom. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine, and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.
  • Coping with Decreased appetite
    It is important to eat, even if you do not feel like it. You might try switching to smaller meals and frequent snacks. Try eating healthy and nutritious snacks that are high in calories and protein, such as dried fruit and nuts. It is important to drink even if you cannot eat. But, do not fill your stomach with liquid before eating. Eat when you are most hungry. Exercise such as a short walk may also increase your appetite. Talk to your doctor about possible medication or supplements if your condition does not improve.
  • Coping with Dizziness
    This is usually short-lived and should go away within a few days. If this happens, stop what you are doing and sit or lie down until you feel better. Lying still in a dark, quiet room may help reduce the spinning feeling. Sleep with your head slightly raised on two or more pillows. Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position. Get plenty of rest and try to relax as being anxious can make it worse. Try taking this medicine at bedtime to reduce the symptoms. Drinking plenty of water and ginger tea may also help. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and smoking as it will make you feel worse. Avoid driving or using tools or machinery until you feel better.

How to use Zefretol Tablet

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Zefretol 800 Tablet may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Zefretol Tablet works

Zefretol 800 Tablet is an anti epileptic medication. It works by blocking the voltage gated sodium channels that stabilizes the hyperexcited nerve cells in the brain. In this way, it treats seizures or fits.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Zefretol 800 Tablet. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Zefretol 800 Tablet may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Breastfeeding
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Zefretol 800 Tablet is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Zefretol 800 Tablet should be used for short periods and sleepiness of the baby should be watched.
Driving
UNSAFE
Zefretol 800 Tablet may decrease alertness, affect your vision or make you feel sleepy and dizzy. Do not drive if these symptoms occur.
Kidney
CAUTION
Zefretol 800 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with severe kidney disease. Dose adjustment of Zefretol 800 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Zefretol 800 Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe kidney disease.
Liver
CAUTION
Zefretol 800 Tablet should be used with caution in patients with liver disease. Dose adjustment of Zefretol 800 Tablet may be needed. Please consult your doctor.
Use of Zefretol 800 Tablet is not recommended in patients with severe liver disease.

What if you forget to take Zefretol Tablet?

If you miss a dose of Zefretol 800 Tablet, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Quick Tips

  • Take your medication regularly as directed by your doctor as missing doses can trigger seizures.
  • Do not change the brand of your medicine and make sure that you have sufficient amount of medicine present with you.
  • Some healthy tips to prevent seizures:
    • Practice yoga every day.
    • Get enough sleep at nighttime.
    • Limit the use of screen time such as mobile/laptop.
    • Take your medication on time.
  • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • Inform your doctor if you develop any unusual changes in mood or behavior, new or worsening depression, or suicidal thoughts or behavior.
  • It may cause a reduction in blood sodium level (hyponatremia). Your doctor may monitor your blood sodium level regularly.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice skin reaction such as rash, skin peeling, and itching while using this medicine.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor as it may increase the seizure frequency.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Zefretol with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Brand(s): Panik
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Patient Concerns

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She has problem of epilepsy from last two years
Dr. Rahul Yadav
Paediatrics
Hello, epilepsy and seizures cannot be treated online without physically examining the child and detailed history.
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Dr. Jyoti Kapoor Madan
Psychiatry
Epilepsy requires regular treatment with anticonvulsants like encorate chrono for at least 3 years of seizure free period after which medicines may be tapered off unless seizures reappear. At present, there are no other effective treatment options.
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FAQs

Q. Can I stop taking if I start feeling better?

No, stopping Zefretol suddenly can increase your risk of having more seizures. Your doctor will advise you on how long you should take this medicine. If your doctor decides to stop Zefretol, your dose will usually be reduced gradually. It is important that you complete your treatment as advised by your doctor or your symptoms may get worse.

Q. Can Zefretol cause suicidal thoughts?

Like all other anti-epileptic medicines, Zefretol may also cause suicidal thoughts. However, this occurs only in a small number of people.

Q. Can Zefretol be taken if I have kidney-related problems?

Inform your doctor if you are suffering from any kidney-related problems. Your doctor will monitor your kidney function (creatinine clearance) regularly and may adjust your dose of Zefretol accordingly.

Q. Does Zefretol affect liver?

Inform your doctor if you are suffering from liver disease as few people have shown a negative effect on the liver with the use of Zefretol. Your doctor may monitor your liver functions regularly.

Q. How can I look for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?

Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings. Keep all follow-up visits with your doctor as scheduled. Call your doctor as needed, especially if you are worried about any symptoms.

Q. If I were to have an allergic reaction with Zefretol, what would my symptoms look like?

Zefretol may cause allergic reactions or serious problems that may impact organs and other parts of your body like the liver or blood cells. Consult your doctor straight away if you develop rashes, hives, itchiness, swelling, trouble swallowing, or difficulty in breathing.

Q. Can I participate in sports when taking Zefretol?

Your doctor will guide you about activities that are okay for you.

Q. How will I know that my sodium levels are low while taking Zefretol?

If your blood sodium levels become low during the course of Zefretol, you may experience worsening of seizures, confusion, and decreased consciousness. Immediately consult your doctor, if you develop any of these symptoms.

Q. Can Zefretol be taken with carbamazepine?

The dose of Zefretol may need to be adjusted if you take carbamazepine with Zefretol, as carbamazepine interferes with its working.

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