Important Information for Your Healthcare ProviderYou should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Anemia or other blood disorders
- Liver disease, such as cirrhosis, liver failure, or hepatitis
- Any allergies, including to foods, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Peganone and Pregnancy)
- Breastfeeding (see Peganone and Breastfeeding).
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ethotoin to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)
How Does It Work?Epilepsy is a brain disorder that occurs when there are recurring, brief changes in how the brain's electrical system works. This change in brain activity can lead to a seizure (see Epilepsy Symptoms).
Ethotoin is thought to work in a similar way as phenytoin (another seizure medication), which works by affecting sodium channels in the brain. It does not prevent abnormal brain activity from starting; instead, it prevents the abnormal activity from spreading to other parts of the brain. This action helps control seizures.
When and How to Take This MedicineSome general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with ethotoin include the following:
- Ethotoin comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth four to six times a day.
- This medication should be taken after food, which can be difficult to manage if you are taking it six times a day. Try to space the doses out as evenly as possible.
- For ethotoin to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.