Mysoline – FAQ

Mysoline, also called primidone when sold as a generic, is a barbiturate anticonvulsant drug. It is used to reduce or control seizures like those typically seen in patients who have epilepsy (grand mal, psychomotor, or focal epileptic seizures). By working to control the abnormal electrical activity in the brain that happens during seizures, it reduces the user’s risk of harm due to loss of consciousness and other possibly life-threatening conditions caused by repeated seizure occurrence.

There are many drugs and some supplements that have adverse interactions with Mysoline. When used by itself, Mysoline can bring on various side effects, with some of them being very serious. These can include skin reactions, low blood calcium levels, rickets, liver toxicity, weakening of bones, anemia, dysarthria (difficulty speaking), nerve damage (paresthesia), vertigo, depression, confusion, nystagmus (uncontrolled eye movement), hyperactivity, drowsiness, acute psychosis, and depression.

Recreational use of Mysoline is not common but overdosing of this drug can happen. Side effects of an overdose to this medication can be spasms, respiratory failure, nausea and/or vomiting, low blood pressure, cardiac damage, shortness of breath, reduced heart rate, paralysis, and death.

Care needs to be taken to ensure that Mysoline is taken as prescribed to avoid the potential for misuse or overdose. Several weeks may be needed to feel the full benefit of taking Mysoline. If use is suddenly terminated during this time, unpleasant withdrawal symptoms and worsening of seizures may occur.

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