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Ethosuximide reduces the type of brain
activity linked with
Ethosuximide is one of the drugs of
choice for children who have absence seizures.
Ethosuximide is effective in
preventing absence seizures in children and adults.1
Ethosuximide may cause stomach problems,
It may also cause headache, mild drowsiness, dizziness, and
In rare cases, ethosuximide may cause a serious skin rash. Contact your doctor if you develop a rash while taking
FDA Advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has
issued an advisory on antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) and the risk of suicide. Talk
to your doctor about these possible side effects and the warning signs of suicide in adults and in children and teens.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects.
(Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
take time and careful, controlled adjustments by you and your doctor to find
the combination, schedule, and dosing of medicine to best manage your epilepsy.
The goal is to prevent seizures while causing as few side effects as
you and your doctor figure out the medicine program that works best for you, make sure to follow your program exactly as prescribed.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
Drugs for epilepsy (2008). Treatment Guidelines From The Medical Letter, 6(70): 37–46.
August 28, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics
& Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology
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