Ethosuximide is used to control seizures and other problems related to the nervous system.
Generally, the common side effects tend to occur at the beginning of treatment. Such side effects may include:
Inform your doctor if any of the above side effects lasts more than a few days or become severe and bothersome.
Rare but serious side effects may manifest as the following symptoms. Contact your doctor as soon as possible, if you notice any of the following:
Inform your doctor if you notice any other unusual symptoms. Always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist if you (or your child) have any problems or difficulties during or after taking Ethosuximide.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you want to take (or give your child) any other medicines, supplements or herbal products.
Ethosuximide is usually taken 1 to 2 times a day. The doctor may start you (or your child) on a low dose and then slowly increase the dose. Follow the instructions on the label carefully and ask your pharmacist or doctor if you are unsure.
Do not take (or give) this medication more often than directed and do not stop unless instructed by your doctor. Stopping this medicine too rapidly can increase the risk of seizures or fits.
Do not change brands or dosage forms without informing your doctor.
Ethosuximide can be taken with or without food.
Oral liquid form
Take (or give your child) the missed dose as soon as you remember and then continue to take (or give) it as you normally would. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you (or your child) missed and take (or give) the next dose at the usual time.
Do not double or increase the dose.
If you (or your child) have missed more than two doses or you are not sure of what to do, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
If you (or your child) have less than two weeks supply of medication, please ensure that you have made an appointment with your neurologist or made arrangements to collect more medication.
If you (or your child) sees another doctor, inform him/her that you (or your child) is taking Ethosuximide before your doctor prescribes any other medications.
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