So I e-mailed Dr. Chugani to get his thoughts on Banzel. This is what he had to say...
"That's a new drug that seems promising. It just came out. I have used it with good success in several children."
I spoke with another mom who put her son on it about a month ago and she loves the drug so far. She has seen no side effects from it. She has not seen a seizure in the last 15 days (the day after he started the full dose).
So we started Sophie on Banzel today**. We start off at 100mg per day and will gradually go up to 700mg per day, if need be. Banzel should be taken with food since it absorbs better. I waited until she got home from preschool and gave it to her with lunch so I would be able to monitor her for any allergic reactions. I made a glass of chocolate milk and let her take a drink through the straw. Then I stuck the tablet into the top part of the straw and she drank it right down. I can't believed it work. I have never thought about it before. Another mom mentioned the MediStraw on her blog but I forgot to order one so I tried with a regular straw. The tablet is perfect size to fit right into a straw without sliding to the bottom. It gets a little stuck so while she was taking a drink, I slightly squeezed the top of the straw and she drank the tablet down without noticing. I hope it is always this easy.
**I was going to start Saturday morning but for some odd reason she threw up. It was right before breakfast and afterwards she seemed perfectly fine. So I don't know if she just gagged on something. I was actually in the middle of cooking breakfast. After I cleaned her up, she kept looking at the food and saying "num-nums" so I let her eat. She ate a lot and has been perfectly fine ever since.