Banzel Drug Interactions
If certain medications are taken with Banzel, drug interactions may occur. Some of the medicines that may negatively interact with Banzel include divalproex, valproic acid, hormonal birth control, and phenytoin. These interactions can alter the amounts of the medications in your blood, possibly leading to problems. To minimize potential problems, talk to your healthcare provider about the specific interactions that may apply to you.
An Overview of Banzel InteractionsBanzel™ (rufinamide) can potentially interact with several other medications. Some of the medicines that may lead to drug interactions with Banzel include:
- Divalproex (Depakote®, Depakote ER®) or valproic acid (Depakene®)
- Hormonal birth control (such as birth control pills, patches, or rings)
- Phenytoin (Dilantin®, Phenytek®).
Drug Interactions With Banzel ExplainedThe following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur due to Banzel drug interactions.
Divalproex or Valproic Acid
Divalproex or valproic acid can significantly increase the level of Banzel in the blood. If you are already taking Banzel, your healthcare provider should start you with a low divalproex or valproic acid dosage. If you are already taking divalproex or valproic acid, your healthcare provider should start with a low Banzel dosage (less than 400 mg per day).
Hormonal Birth Control
Banzel can decrease the level of birth control hormones in the blood, perhaps increasing your risk of pregnancy. If you take Banzel, an additional non-hormonal method of birth control (such as condoms) is recommended.