Mysoline belongs to a class of drugs known as barbiturate anticonvulsants and may be prescribed alone or with other anticonvulsants in the control of grand mal, psychomotor and focal epileptic seizures. Your brain and nerves are made up of many nerve cells that use electrical signals to communicate. These signals must be carefully controlled in order for your brain and nerves to work accurately.
If abnormally fast and repetitive electrical signals are released in your brain, it can become over-stimulated, disturbing normal function that can result in a seizure. Taking Mysoline or generic Primidone as prescribed helps to regulate the activity in your brain. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
The normal pattern of neuronal activity becomes disturbed in people with epilepsy, causing odd sensations, emotions, and behavior as well as possible convulsions, spasms, and even a loss of consciousness.
When taken as instructed, Mysoline breaks down in your body and works by controlling the abnormal electrical activity in the brain that occurs during a seizure by preventing the entrance of sodium into nerve cells. It also helps by balancing the level of brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Mysoline or the generic Primidone are only available with a prescription from your doctor.
A grand mal seizure, also known as a generalized tonic-clonic seizure, features a loss of consciousness and violent muscle contractions. Most of the time grand mal seizure is caused by epilepsy, however, this type of seizure is triggered by other health problems, such as extremely low blood sugar, high fever or a stroke. Partial or focal seizures occur when the electrical disturbance of the brain remains in a limited area; this is the most common type of seizure. A psychomotor seizure is a temporary impairment of consciousness characterized by psychic symptoms, loss of judgment, automatic behavior, and abnormal acts. Psychic symptoms, including visual and auditory hallucinations, a sense of unreality, and déjà vu, may be present.
Advise your doctor of all prescription drugs, over the counter medications, vitamins and supplements you are taking, as it may not be safe to take Mysoline or generic Primidone with certain medicines. You should not take Mysoline if you have you have a history of porphyria. Ask your doctor if there are any safety concerns about taking Mysoline if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding.
You should not stop taking Mysoline without consulting with your doctor, as this can cause serious problems. Patients and their families should be advised that Mysoline may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior so they should be on the alert for any symptoms of depression or unusual changes in mood or behavior.
Notify your doctor at once if you experience any of the following more serious side effects: double vision; decreased sexual interest or ability; fainting; slow heartbeat; easy bleeding or bruising.