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Generic: primidone
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This medicine is used to control seizures in certain types of epilepsy
               



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What is this medicine?

PRIMIDONE (PRI mi done) is a barbiturate. This medicine is used to control seizures in certain types of epilepsy. It is not for use in absence (petit mal) seizures.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • kidney disease
  • liver disease
  • porphyria
  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to primidone, phenobarbital, other barbiturates or seizure medications, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

A special MedGuide will be given to you by the pharmacist with each prescription and refill. Be sure to read this information carefully each time.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed. While this drug may be prescribed for children for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • voriconazole

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • cancer- treating medications
  • cyclosporine
  • disopyramide
  • doxycycline
  • female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills
  • medicines for mental depression, anxiety or other mood problems
  • medicines for treating HIV infection or AIDS
  • modafinil
  • prescription pain medications
  • quinidine
  • warfarin

               
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