GENERIC NAME: ETHOTOIN - ORAL (ETH-oh-toyn)
BRAND NAME(S): Peganone
USES: Ethotoin is used to prevent and control seizures. It is known as an anticonvulsant/antiepileptic drug. It works by reducing the abnormal electrical activity in the brain that causes seizures. It belongs to a class of drugs known as hydantoins.
HOW TO USE: Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking ethotoin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.Take this medication with food, usually 4-6 times a day or as directed by your doctor. Taking it with food or milk may help prevent an upset stomach.The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Your doctor may direct you to take a low dose at first, gradually increasing the dose to lower the chance of side effects such as upset stomach and drowsiness. Your doctor will adjust your dose to find the best dose for you. Follow your doctor's directions carefully.Space your doses evenly throughout the day. It is important to take all doses on time to keep a steady level of medication in your blood. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. Do not skip doses.If you are already taking another anti-seizure drug, follow your doctor's directions carefully for stopping or continuing the old drug and starting ethotoin.Do not stop taking this medication or any anti-seizure medication without consulting your doctor. Your seizures may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
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