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Zonicare 50 mg Capsule

Manufactured byAbbott India Ltd.
ContainsZonisamide
Description
Zonicare 50 mg Capsule is an anticonvulsant medicine used in the treatment of partial seizures (sudden, uncontrolled electrical activity that occurs in one area of the brain, causing abnormal behaviour and loss of consciousness). This medicine works by reducing the abnormal excitation of brain cells and helps in preventing seizures (fits). Zonicare 50 mg Capsule may cause common side effects such as dizziness, sleepiness, headache, diarrhoea, indigestion, tiredness, confusion, etc. Consult your doctor if these symptoms persist or become severe. Avoid driving vehicles or operating machines if you feel dizzy or drowsy after taking Zonicare 50 mg Capsule. Zonicare 50 mg Capsule should be taken exactly as advised by your doctor. Take it at the same time every day for the ease of remembering. Do not skip doses or discontinue the treatment abruptly without consulting your doctor. Your doctor may gradually reduce the dose over a period to reduce the possibility of seizures on withdrawal. Zonicare 50 mg Capsule should be avoided if you are allergic to it. Inform your doctor if you have kidney or liver problems or any other medical conditions to make sure this medicine is safe for you. Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medicines before starting the treatment to avoid undesired effects. If you are pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or are breastfeeding, consult your doctor before taking this medication.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Zonicare 50 mg Capsule

  • Irritability
  • Mood or mental changes
  • Trouble with sleeping
  • Loss of appetite
  • Shakiness or unsteady walking
  • Rash
  • Confusion
  • Tiredness
  • Dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Indigestion
  • Diarrhoea

Uses of Zonicare 50 mg Capsule

What is it prescribed for?

  • Partial onset seizures
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    The time taken for Zonicare 50 mg Capsule to show its effect is not clinically established.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The amount of time for which Zonicare 50 mg Capsule remains active in your body is not clinically established.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with Zonicare 50 mg Capsule due to the increased risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty in concentration.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    No habit-forming tendency has been reported for Zonicare 50 mg Capsule.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    Zonicare 50 mg Capsule is unsafe for use during pregnancy as it may harm your developing foetus. Hence, consult your doctor if you are pregnant.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    Zonicare 50 mg Capsule may pass into the breastmilk. Hence it is not recommended for use while breastfeeding unless necessary. Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

Allergy

Avoid taking Zonicare 50 mg Capsule if you are allergic to it. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms such as skin rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, breathing difficulty, etc.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule is unsafe for use during pregnancy as it may harm your developing foetus. Hence, consult your doctor if you are pregnant.

Breast-feeding

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule may pass into the breastmilk. Hence it is not recommended for use while breastfeeding unless necessary. Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding.
General warnings

Skin reactions

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule should be taken with caution as it may cause rare but severe skin reactions that cause blistering and peeling of the skin, like Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience skin rashes, blisters, skin lesions, or other allergic symptoms.

Driving or operating machines

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule may cause drowsiness or dizziness. Hence, avoid performing activities such as driving vehicles or operating machines if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with Zonicare 50 mg Capsule.

Use in children

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule is not recommended for use in children less than 16 years of age as the safety and efficacy data are not clinically established.

Metabolic acidosis

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule should be used with caution if you have metabolic acidosis (a condition that occurs when the body produces too much acid or when the kidneys are unable to remove enough acid from the body) due to the increased risk of worsening of your condition.

Missed Dose

Try not to skip a dose of Zonicare 50 mg Capsule. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is time for your next dose, skip the missed one. Do not double the dose to compensate for a missed one.

Overdose

Do not take excess dose than prescribed by your doctor. Contact your doctor if you suspect an overdose with Zonicare 50 mg Capsule.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

N/A

Instructions

Consumption of alcohol is not recommended during treatment with Zonicare 50 mg Capsule due to the increased risk of side effects such as dizziness, drowsiness, and difficulty in concentration.
Interaction with Medicine

Nortriptyline

Alprazolam

Cetirizine

Disease interactions

Depression

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule should be used with caution as it may increase the risk of depression and suicidal thoughts or behaviour. Consult your doctor immediately if you experience changes in mood and behaviour or develop thoughts of self-harm while taking this medicine.

Bone Marrow Depression

Bone marrow depression is a condition that causes reduced bone marrow (a substance found in the bone that produces blood cells) activity is reduced, which further leads to a decrease in blood cell count. If you are diagnosed with such a condition, Zonicare 50 mg Capsule should be used with caution. This medicine may cause bone marrow depression and further worsen your condition.

Kidney disease

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule should be used with caution if you have pre-existing kidney problems due to the increased risk of side effects. Your doctor may suggest tests to monitor your kidney function and recommend dose adjustments based on your condition.

Liver Disease

Zonicare 50 mg Capsule should be used with extreme caution if you have liver problems as it may further worsen your condition. Your doctor may suggest tests to periodically monitor your liver function and recommend dose adjustments or replacements with a suitable alternative based on your clinical condition.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Zonicare 50 mg Capsule with or without food. Do not take more or less than the prescribed dose. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor as it may cause increased seizure frequency. Zonicare 50 mg Capsule may increase your risk of suicidal thoughts. Consult your doctor if you experience any changes in mood or behaviour or develop thoughts of self-harm. Zonicare 50 mg Capsule may alter your blood cell count and liver enzyme levels. Your doctor may suggest tests to monitor your blood cell count and liver enzyme levels during treatment with this medicine. Avoid consuming alcohol while taking Zonicare 50 mg Capsule as it may increase the risk of side effects. Zonicare 50 mg Capsule may cause decreased sweating and elevated body temperature. It may occur most often in warm weather. Hence, avoid exposure to heat and drink plenty of water while you are taking this medicine. Monitor your weight regularly while taking this medicine as it may cause weight loss. Consult your doctor if you experience significant weight loss and it concerns you. Women of child-bearing potential should use effective contraceptive methods to prevent pregnancy while taking this medicine.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Causes sleepiness

How it works
Zonicare 50 mg Capsule works by inhibiting the abnormal excitation of brain cells and helps in preventing seizures (fits).
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Classification

Category

Anticonvulsants

Schedule

Schedule H

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Information on this page was last updated on 22 Feb 2022

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