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General Information on Ethosuximide

Generic Name : Ethosuximide

Pronunciation : eth oh sux' I mide

Latest prescription information about Ethosuximide. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y46.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anticonvulsants

Trade Names/Brand Names of Ethosuximide

India : 

International : 


Why is Ethosuximide Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a succinimide anticonvulsant, prescribed for epilepsy. It controls the abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

When should Ethosuximide not to be taken? (Contraindications)


What is the dosage of Ethosuximide?

PO- The initial dose for patients 3 to 6 years of age is one capsule (250 mg) per day; for patients 6 years of age and older, 2 capsules (500 mg) per day.

How should Ethosuximide be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Ethosuximide?

• Caution should be exercised in patients with history of liver or kidney disease, lupus, blood disorder, mental problems including suicidal thoughts, any allergy, who are taking other medications, children less than 3 years, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

• It may cause dizziness, incoordination and drowsiness, do not drive a car, operate dangerous machinery while taking this medication.

• Avoid alcohol consumption.

• Proper cleaning of tooth is needed; otherwise it may cause swelling and tenderness of your gums.

• Patients may develop with increased risk of suicidal thoughts; watch them carefully.

• Monitor complete blood cell counts and liver and kidney functions regularly while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Ethosuximide?

•   Body As A Whole : Allergic reaction, DRESS syndrome.
•   Gastrointestinal : Loss of appetite, stomach upset, nausea, vomiting, cramps, abdominal pain, weight loss and diarrhea.
•   Blood : Decrease in white blood cells, platelets with or without bone marrow suppression and increase in eosinophilia.
•   Central Nervous System : Drowsiness, headache, dizziness, emotional state, hiccups, irritability, hyperactivity, lethargy, fatigue, incoordination, sleep disturbances, abnormal dreams, inability to concentrate and aggressiveness.
•   Skin : Hives, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, itching, rashes and abnormal hair growth.
•   Eye : Vision problem.
•   Genitourinary : Vaginal bleeding and blood in urine.

What are the other precautions for Ethosuximide?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Ethosuximide?

Store it at room temperature (25Β°C), and in an airtight container. Keep away from children.

Schedule : G

Drugs that are to be used only under medical supervision.

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I need ethosuximide for my son can anybody help me.

drksrajamd, India

I need cap ethosuximide[Zarontin] in chennai. Please help me. Raja

achi23, Japan

i need ethosuxmide oral solution in india for my grand son, could u please help with pharmacy i chennai or else any where in india with phone no address. your reply will be of great help to our family.

Henryj, India

Where can I buy Zarontin syrup in India. Please help me. Thanks. Henry

Aparnadas, India

Is ethosuximide available in india?
I kept it in the refrigerator for few days, can I take it out now and store it at room temperature?

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