Zarontin (Ethosuximide)

General Information

Zarontin (Ethosuximide) is indicated to prevent and control absence or petit mal seizure. It is a certain type of seizure that usually lasts for less than 15 seconds. There are several types of seizures that range from mild to severe. This is used alone or along with other medications to treat your condition. This may be used in children and adults. 

How does Zarontin (Ethosuximide) work?

Zarontin (Ethosuximide) works by controlling some chemicals in the brain. It also controls abnormal electrical activity in the brain that happens during the seizure.  In which it sends a signal to nerves so that seizures will not happen.

The active ingredient of this product suppresses the paroxysmal spike and wave pattern.  Those are common in petit mal seizures.

Why use Zarontin (Ethosuximide)?

Zarontin (Ethosuximide) is an anticonvulsant especially in the treatment of absence seizures. This drug comes as a capsule for oral use. Each capsule has a strength of 250 mg. The active ingredient of this product is Ethosuximide. It belongs to the group of medications called antiepileptic drugs (AEDs). This medication was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 

How to use Zarontin (Ethosuximide)?

The recommended dosage is based on your medical condition, age, and response.

This medication is usually taken twice a day, once in the morning and in the evening. It should be swallowed as a whole with a full glass of water. You may take the drug with or without food.

Take it at the same time each day. Follow the prescription of your doctor very carefully.

What are the side-effects of Zarontin (Ethosuximide)?

  • Dizziness
  • Tiredness
  • Drowsiness
  • Stomach upset
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Stomach cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Weight loss
  • Diarrhea
  • Unusual vaginal bleeding
  • Swelling in your gums or tongue
  • Loss of balance or coordination

Warnings and Precautions

  • This drug may not be recommended for pregnant women. If you are breastfeeding women, talk to your doctor first. Discuss the risk and benefits of this drug.
  • Do not take this medication more than the prescription. Do not also stop taking this without consulting your doctor.
  • Inform your doctor if you have any allergies. This drug may contain an inactive ingredient that causes an allergic reaction.
  • Let your doctor if you have any medical history or current medications/treatments.
  • You should not share this with others with the same condition as yours. Let them consult their doctor for a prescription.
  • Keep this drug at room temperature away from moisture and heat.