(Zonegran®, Desizon®, Zonisamide)
Available as tablets or capsules.
Available as soluble tablets?
Available as a liquid?
Available as something for placing under your tongue?
Available as something for placing on your gum?
Available as a patch for putting on your skin?
Available as an injection?
Available as nasal/oral spray?
Safe or appropriate to crush
N/A licensed oral liquid is available (Desizon®)
Additional information for Healthcare Professionals+
Usual formulation brand names
Is tablet/capsule specially coated?
N/A - zonisamide has a long half-life which provides once a day dosing
Sublingual/buccal formulation strength
Transdermal patch strength
Nasal/oral spray Strength
Available as a licensed liquid or special?
Licensed- Oral Suspension
Are specials or imports available?
Licensed oral Liquid is available, but alternative strength on Specials Tariff
20mg/ml - licensed, 50mg/5ml - special
Is the liquid medicine sugar free?
Licensed for administration via enteral tube
Advice on administration via enteral tube
Desizon® may also be administered via a feeding tube that must be rinsed three times immediately after administration with at least 5 ml of water for each rinse. Four different sizes (CH 4.5, CH 6, CH 9 and CH 12) of PVC tubes for gastric or enteric feeding with a length of 50 cm have been tested. If this method of administration is used, the suspension should be prepared as described above for oral use immediately before administration.
Desizon® oral suspension may be swallowed directly from the oral syringe followed by a glass of water. Alternatively, the oral suspension may also be diluted in a glass of water or orange juice. Carbonated beverages such as sparkling water should not be taken with the suspension.