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Generic Name: Ethosuximide Capsules (eth-oh-SUX-ih-mide)
Brand Name: Zarontin
Ethosuximide is used for:
Controlling absence epilepsy (previously known as petit mal seizures). It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Ethosuximide is an anticonvulsant. It acts in the brain to reduce the number of absence seizures.
Do NOT use Ethosuximide if:
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Ethosuximide :
Some medical conditions may interact with Ethosuximide . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ethosuximide . However, no specific interactions with Ethosuximide are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ethosuximide may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Ethosuximide :
Use Ethosuximide as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ethosuximide .
Important safety information:
Possible side effects of Ethosuximide :
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include absent reflexes; blood in urine; central nervous system depression (eg, coma with slow, shallow breathing); confusion; depression; dizziness; drowsiness; excess protein in urine; fatal bone marrow aplasia; hangover; high or low body temperature; incoordination; irritability; liver dysfunction; low blood pressure; muscle weakness; nausea; poor judgment; rash; skin discoloration; sleepiness; swelling around the eye; unsteadiness; vomiting.Proper storage of Ethosuximide :
Store Ethosuximide at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep Ethosuximide out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Ethosuximide . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition 06.4.1.002
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.
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