Zonisamide for Dogs and Cats

Overview of Zonisamide for Canines and Felines

Zonisamide is a drug used to treat seizures in dogs. Previously used in conjunction with other medications, it is now used as a primary drug for seizure control. Zonisamide belongs to a general class of drugs known as anticonvulsants. Other related drugs in this class include diazepam, levetiracetam, potassium bromide, and phenobarbital.- The mechanism of action of zonisamide is not well understood, but is thought to block sodium channels in the brain which in turn stabilizes neuronal membranes. This depresses the excitability of nerves within the brain and results in reduced seizures.- Zonisamide is considered a prescription drug and can only be obtained from a veterinarian or by prescription from a veterinarian.

Brand Names and Other Names of Zonisamide

Uses of Zonisamide for Dogs and Cats

Zonisamide is used to treat seizure disorders in dogs as either monotherapy (single drug) or part of combination therapy with other anticonvulsant drugs.

Precautions and Side Effects

How Zonisamide Is Supplied

Zonisamide (Zonegran®) is available in capsules in 25, 50, and 100 mg dosages.

Dosing Information for Zonisamide
for Dogs and Cats