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Zarontin

Last reviewed on RxList: 11/10/2020
Zarontin Side Effects Center

What Is Zarontin?

Zarontin (ethosuximide) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant, used alone or in combination with other medications to treat absence seizures (also called "petit mal" seizures) in adults and children. Zarontin is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Zarontin?

Common side effects of Zarontin include:

A small number of people who take anticonvulsants such as Zarontin may experience depression, suicidal thoughts/attempts, or other mental/mood problems. Tell your doctor immediately if you have unusual or sudden changes in your mood, thoughts, or behavior including signs of depression, suicidal thoughts or attempts, or thoughts about harming yourself.

Dosage for Zarontin

The initial dose of Zarontin 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. The dose thereafter is individualized according to patient response.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Zarontin?

Zarontin may interact with other seizure medications, especially phenobarbital or phenytoin. Other drugs may interact with Zarontin. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use.

Zarontin During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, Zarontin should be used only when prescribed. This medication passes into breast milk, but is unlikely to harm a nursing infant. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding

Additional Information

Our Zarontin (ethosuximide) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Report any new or worsening symptoms to your doctor, such as: mood or behavior changes, anxiety, panic attacks, trouble sleeping, or if you feel impulsive, irritable, agitated, hostile, aggressive, restless, hyperactive (mentally or physically), depressed, or have thoughts about suicide or hurting yourself.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • fever, chills, flu symptoms, sore throat, feeling very weak;
  • confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior, extreme fear;
  • worsening seizures;
  • lupus-like syndrome--joint pain or swelling with fever, swollen glands, muscle aches, chest pain, vomiting, unusual thoughts or behavior, and patchy skin color;
  • signs of inflammation in your body--swollen glands, flu symptoms, easy bruising or bleeding, severe tingling or numbness, muscle weakness, upper stomach pain, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes), chest pain, new or worsening cough, trouble breathing; or
  • severe skin reaction--fever, sore throat, swelling in your face or tongue, burning in your eyes, skin pain followed by a red or purple skin rash that spreads (especially in the face or upper body) and causes blistering and peeling.

Common side effects may include:

  • upset stomach, nausea, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
  • diarrhea, weight loss;
  • hiccups;
  • swelling in your tongue or gums;
  • headache, dizziness, trouble concentrating; or
  • feeling tired.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Zarontin (Ethosuximide)

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SIDE EFFECTS

Body As A Whole: Allergic reaction. Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS).

Gastrointestinal System: Gastrointestinal symptoms occur frequently and include anorexia, vague gastric upset, nausea and vomiting, cramps, epigastric and abdominal pain, weight loss, and diarrhea. There have been reports of gum hypertrophy and swelling of the tongue.

Hemopoietic System: Hemopoietic complications associated with the administration of ethosuximide have included leukopenia, agranulocytosis, pancytopenia, with or without bone marrow suppression, and eosinophilia.

Nervous System: Neurologic and sensory reactions reported during therapy with ethosuximide have included drowsiness, headache, dizziness, euphoria, hiccups, irritability, hyperactivity, lethargy, fatigue, and ataxia. Psychiatric or psychological aberrations associated with ethosuximide administration have included disturbances of sleep, night terrors, inability to concentrate, and aggressiveness. These effects may be noted particularly in patients who have previously exhibited psychological abnormalities. There have been rare reports of paranoid psychosis, increased libido, and increased state of depression with overt suicidal intentions.

Integumentary System: Dermatologic manifestations which have occurred with the administration of ethosuximide have included urticaria, pruritic erythematous rashes, and hirsutism.

Special Senses: Myopia.

Genitourinary System: Vaginal bleeding, microscopic hematuria.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Zarontin (Ethosuximide)

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© Zarontin Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Zarontin Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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