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What is Primidone used for?

Primidone is an anti-epileptic drug used to treat seizure disorders, including tonic–clonic seizures, partial seizures, myoclonic seizures, convulsive seizures, simple seizures, epileptic seizures, and psychomotor (temporal lobe) epilepsy. This medication may also be used to treat essential tremor (tremor without underlying cause). This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Primidone?

The dosage of Primidone prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Primidone can be taken with food.

What if you miss a dose of Primidone?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Primidone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Primidone?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Primidone, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Primidone?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Primidone.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Primidone, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Primidone can interact with other seizure medications, narcotic pain medicines, and certain antihistamines.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Primidone?

Like other medicines, Primidone can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Primidone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Primidone cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Primidone develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Primidone can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dizziness, drowsiness, blurred vision, impotence, and stomach upset. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Primidone.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Primidone?

Is it possible for me to take Primidone with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Primidone?
What are the possible drug interactions of Primidone?
How will Primidone work in my body?
How should Primidone be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Primidone drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Primidone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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