There are specific guidelines when it comes to Banzel dosing. For instance, your healthcare provider will consider several factors when determining your dosage, such as your age, weight, and other medications you are taking. In all situations, the medication should be taken twice a day in two equal doses. Banzel should also be taken as prescribed in order for it to work properly.
Banzel Dosing: An IntroductionThe dose of Banzel™ (rufinamide) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Your age and weight
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Recommended Banzel Doses in ChildrenThe recommended dosage of Banzel for children (age four years old and older) is based on weight. The starting recommended dose is approximately 5 mg per kg (about 2.3 mg per pound) twice a day. The dose should be increased by 5 mg per kg (about 2.3 mg per pound) every other day to a target dose of 45 mg per kg per day (about 20.5 mg per pound per day) or 3200 mg per day, whichever is less. In all situations, Banzel should be taken twice a day in two equal doses.
Recommended Doses of Banzel in AdultsFor adults, the recommended starting dose is Banzel 400 mg to 800 mg per day, taken as two equal doses per day. The dose should be increased by 400 mg to 800 mg every two days until a maximum of 3200 mg daily is reached. In all cases, Banzel should be taken twice a day in two equal doses.
If you take divalproex (Depakote®, Depakote ER®) or valproic acid (Depakene®), your healthcare provider should start you with a low dose of Banzel (less than 400 mg per day).