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Test Code ZONIS / ZONI-M Zonisamide, Serum

Reporting Name

Zonisamide, S

Useful For

Monitoring zonisamide therapy; recommended for all patients to ensure appropriate dosing


Assessing medication compliance

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type

Serum Red

Specimen Required

Collection Container/Tube: Red top (serum gel/SST is not acceptable)

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions: Centrifuge and aliquot serum into plastic vial within 2 hours of collection.

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Red Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
  Ambient  28 days
  Frozen  28 days

Reference Values

10-40 mcg/mL

Day(s) Performed

Tuesday through Saturday

Test Classification

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
ZONI Zonisamide, S 29620-2


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
83685 Zonisamide, S 29620-2

Clinical Information

Zonisamide (Zonegran) is approved as adjunctive therapy for partial seizures refractory to therapy with traditional anticonvulsants. Zonisamide is the pharmacologically active agent; metabolites are not active. Essentially 100% of the zonisamide dose is absorbed. Zonisamide binds to erythrocytes; approximately 88% of circulating zonisamide is bound in erythrocytes. Because the erythrocyte-bound zonisamide is inactive, and binding varies with blood concentration, the relationship between serum level and dose is not linear. Time to peak zonisamide concentration is 2 to 6 hours; time to peak is delayed by coadministration with food to 4 to 6 hours. Zonisamide is metabolized by N-acetyl transferase (NAT1), cytochrome P450 3A4 (CYP3A4), and uridine diphosphate glucuronidation (UDPG). Zonisamide is eliminated in the urine predominantly as the parent drug (35%), N-acetyl zonisamide (15%), and as the glucuronide ester of reduced zonisamide (50%). Coadministration of drugs that affect NAT1, CYP3A4, and UDPG activity, such as phenytoin and carbamazepine, will decrease zonisamide concentration.


A typical zonisamide dose administered to an adult is 400 to 600 mg/day, administered in 2 divided doses. The apparent volume of distribution of zonisamide is 1.5 L/kg. Approximately 40% of the zonisamide circulating in the serum is bound to proteins. Zonisamide protein binding is unaffected by other common anticonvulsant drugs. The elimination half-life from plasma is 50 to 60 hours; the elimination half-life from erythrocytes is over 100 hours. Since zonisamide is cleared predominantly by the kidney, the daily dosage of zonisamide given to patients with a creatinine clearance below 20 mL/min should be reduced.(1,2)


Serum level monitoring is recommended for all patients to ensure appropriate dosing because:

-Patient response correlates with serum level.

-Serum level does not correlate with dose because of concentration-dependent erythrocyte binding.

-Elimination is affected by coadministration of drugs that affect NAT1, CYP3A4, and UDPG.

-Kidney function affects elimination.


The most common toxicity associated with excessive serum level is drowsiness. Adverse effects not related to serum level include rash, increased serum creatinine and alkaline phosphatase, kidney stone formation, and bruising.


Rufinamide is a known interference of this assay. Patients who are coadministered zonisamide and rufinamide may have falsely elevated and uninterpretable zonisamide concentrations reported by this assay.

Method Description

The serum sample is deproteinated with acetonitrile containing the deuterium labeled internal standard. The protein precipitate is centrifuged, and a portion of the supernatant is diluted with mobile phase for detection by tandem mass spectrometry.(Unpublished Mayo method)

Report Available

Same day/1 to 5 days

Reject Due To

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia OK
Gross icterus OK

Method Name

Liquid Chromatography-Tandem Mass Spectrometry (LC-MS/MS)

Secondary ID



If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send 1 of the following forms with the specimen:

-Neurology Specialty Testing Client Test Request (T732)

-Therapeutics Test Request (T831)