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Primidone uses mainly consist of the treatment of grand mal and partial seizures in adults and children with epilepsy. However, the medication can also be prescribed off-label to treat certain types of tremors. The medication works by helping to prevent abnormal electrical activity in the brain from starting and keeping such activity from spreading to other parts of the brain.
What Is Primidone Used For?Primidone (Mysoline®) is a prescription medication used to treat epilepsy. Specifically, primidone is approved to treat the following types of seizures:
Epilepsy and SeizuresEpilepsy is a condition that causes sudden, brief changes in the electrical system of the brain. These brain activity changes can lead to seizures (see Epilepsy Symptoms). Depending on which parts of the brain are affected, seizures may affect the person's consciousness, body movements, emotions, or senses.
In over half of all cases, the cause of epilepsy is not known. When the cause of epilepsy is known, it may be one of the following:
- Other medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease
- Head trauma
- A brain tumor or brain infection, such as meningitis
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Genetics (see Genes and Epilepsy).
Epilepsy treatments may include medications (see Epilepsy Medication), surgery (see Epilepsy Surgery), diet changes (see Epilepsy Diet), and biofeedback.
There are over 30 different types of seizures a person with epilepsy may experience. Primidone is approved to treat two types of seizures -- grand mal seizures and partial seizures.