Zarontin (Ethosuximide)

Zarontin is a drug that is more commonly known among doctors as Ethosuximide. Zarontin is a medication used in the treatment of absence seizures. Absence seizures are seizures where there is a very short loss of awareness where the victim may stare straight ahead or does not respond to others. Zarontin is a medication in the classification of anticonvulsants. It works by reducing abnormal electrical activity in the brain.

Take Zarontin exactly as prescribed by your doctor or as your pharmacists directs. You will most likely be started off on a small dosage and it will gradually increase over a period of time so that you have the best dosage for your situation.  Zarontin will not cure your condition but it will help treat it, therefore, keep taking it even if you feel good. Zarontin may also have other usages in treating other conditions. Your doctor will have more information about these treatment options.

Before you take zarontin tell your doctor if you are allergic to Ethosuximide. Tell your doctor of any other conditions that you suffer from. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breast feeding, or planning to become pregnant. Tell your doctor about any other supplements and medications that you are taking as these may have adverse effects if you take them with Zarontin.  Zarontin has been known to cause side effects. Though mostly these side effects were not serious, if you experience any of these and they are severe or do not go away call your doctor:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • stomach pain or cramps
  • loss of appetite
  • weight loss
  • swelling of the tongue
  • overgrowth of the gums
  • hiccups
  • drowsiness
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • suddenly awakening from sleep in a frightened state
  • difficulty concentrating
  • hair growth in unusual places
  • near-sightedness
  • vaginal bleeding

Some side effects of Zarontin have been serious. If you experience any of the following side effects contact your doctor immediately:

  • sore throat, fever, chills, and other signs of infection
  • joint pain or swelling
  • muscle pain
  • red, itchy rash, especially on the face
  • fever with no known cause
  • hives
  • blisters

Zarontin has been known to cause side effects similar to Topomax. Non serious Topomax side effects include:

  • numbness, burning, or tingling in the hands or feet
  • slowed reactions
  • difficulty concentrating
  • speech problems, especially difficulty thinking of specific words
  • memory problems
  • lack of coordination
  • confusion
  • nervousness
  • aggressive behavior
  • irritability
  • mood swings
  • depression
  • headache
  • drowsiness
  • weakness
  • excessive movement
  • uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
  • uncontrollable eye movements
  • extreme thirst
  • weight loss
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • gas
  • heartburn
  • change in ability to taste food
  • swelling of the tongue
  • overgrowth of the gums
  • dry mouth
  • increased saliva
  • trouble swallowing
  • nosebleed
  • teary or dry eyes
  • back, muscle, or bone pain
  • missed menstrual periods
  • excessive menstrual bleeding
  • skin problems or changes in skin color
  • dandruff
  • hair loss
  • growth of hair in unusual places
  • ringing in the ears
  • difficulty falling or staying asleep
  • swelling of the hands, arms, feet, ankles, or lower legs
  • difficulty urinating or pain when urinating

If you have any other questions about Zarontin contact your doctor. If someone who is taking any medications collapses or stops breathing contact emergency medical personnel immediately by dialing 911.