PRIMIDONE- primidone tablet 
Oceanside Pharmaceuticals



Primidone (prim-i-done), USP Tablets
50 mg and 250 mg

Read this Medication Guide before you start taking Primidone and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment.

What is the most important information I should know about Primidone?

Like other antiepileptic drugs, Primidone may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500.

Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

thoughts about suicide or dying
attempts to commit suicide
new or worsening depression
new or worsening anxiety
feeling agitated or restless
panic attacks
trouble sleeping (insomnia)
new or worsening irritability
acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
acting on dangerous impulses
an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
other unusual changes in behavior or mood
Do not stop taking Primidone without first talking to a healthcare provider.
Stopping Primidone suddenly can cause serious problems. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly in a patient who has epilepsy can cause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus).

Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.

How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?

Pay attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provider as scheduled.
Call your healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you are worried about symptoms.

What is Primidone?

Primidone is a prescription medicine used alone or with other medicines to treat people with:

generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures
complex partial (psychomotor) seizures
partial (focal) epileptic seizures

Who should not take Primidone?

Do not take Primidone if you:

have a genetic disorder called porphyria
are allergic to phenobarbital

What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking Primidone?

Before you take Primidone, tell your healthcare provider if you:

have or have had depression, mood problems, or suicidal thoughts or behavior
have any other medical conditions
are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. Primidone may harm your unborn baby. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you become pregnant while taking Primidone. You and your healthcare provider will decide if you should take Primidone while you are pregnant.
If you become pregnant while taking Primidone, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy.
are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. Primidone can pass into breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take Primidone.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Taking Primidone with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect how well they work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them and show it to your healthcare provider and pharmacist each time you get a new medicine.

How should I take Primidone?

Take Primidone exactly as prescribed. Your healthcare provider will tell you how much Primidone to take and when to take it. Take Primidone at the same times each day.

Your healthcare provider may change your dose. Do not change your dose without talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not stop taking Primidone without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping Primidone suddenly can cause serious problems.
If you take too much Primidone, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center right away.

What should I avoid while taking Primidone?

Primidone can make you sleepy or dizzy. Do not drink alcohol or take other drugs that make you sleepy or dizzy while taking Primidone without first discussing this with your healthcare provider. Taking Primidone with alcohol or drugs that cause sleepiness or dizziness may make your sleepiness or dizziness worse.
Do not drive, operate heavy machinery, or do other dangerous activities until you know how Primidone affects you. Primidone can slow your thinking and motor skills.

What are the possible side effects of Primidone?

See "What is the most important information I should know about Primidone?"

Primidone may cause other serious side effects including:

Sleepiness that can be severe, especially when you first start taking Primidone.
Primidone may rarely cause blood problems. Symptoms may include:
fever, swollen glands, or sore throat that come and go or do not go away
frequent infections or an infection that does not go away
shortness of breath
Primidone may rarely cause allergic reactions. Symptoms may include:
skin rash
sores in your mouth
blistering or peeling skin

The most common side effects of Primidone include:

problems with walking and moving
feelings of dizziness, spinning, or swaying (vertigo)

These are not all the possible side effects of Primidone. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Primidone?

Store Primidone at room temperature between 68º to 77ºF (20º to 25ºC) in a tight, light-resistant container.

Keep Primidone and all medicines out of reach of children.

General Information about Primidone

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Primidone for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Primidone to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about Primidone. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about Primidone that is written for health professionals.

For more information, call 1-800-321-4576.

What are the ingredients in Primidone?

Active Ingredient: primidone, USP

Inactive Ingredients: lactose monohydrate, NF; magnesium stearate, NF; methylcellulose, USP; microcrystalline cellulose, NF; purified water, USP; sodium lauryl sulfate, NF; sodium starch glycolate, NF; and talc, USP.

Primidone 250 mg tablets also contain ferric oxide yellow, NF.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Rev. 02/2018

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Revised: 2/2018
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