Continuing Education Activity
Zonisamide is a sulfonamide antiepileptic drug that is a 1,2 benzisoxazole derivative and is the first compound from this group of chemicals to be used as an antiepileptic drug. It is chemically unrelated to other antiepileptic medications. It has both epileptic and non-epileptic indications. This activity outlines the indications, mechanism of action, methods of administration, important adverse effects, contraindications, toxicity, and monitoring, of zonisamide, so providers can direct patient therapy in conditions where it has therapeutic benefit as part of the interprofessional team.
- Describe the therapeutic mechanisms of action of zonisamide for the condition where it might be used.
- Review the indicated conditions for zonisamide, both approved and off-label.
- Summarize the contraindications and adverse event profile of zonisamide.
- Outline interprofessional team strategies for improving care coordination and communication to properly use zonisamide to improve patient outcomes for indicated conditions.