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What Is Ethotoin Used For?

Ethotoin Use for Complex Partial Seizures

Seizures are usually divided into two common types: partial seizures and generalized seizures (see Types of Seizures). The main difference between the two is where they start. Partial seizures start in one area of the brain, while generalized seizures occur in both sides of the brain. Sometimes, partial seizures start in one part of the brain and then spread throughout the brain to become generalized seizures.
Two types of partial seizures are:
  • Simple partial seizures, in which a person will remain conscious but experience unusual feelings or sensations that can take many forms.
  • Complex partial seizures, in which a person has a change or loss of consciousness. People having a complex partial seizure may display strange, repetitious behaviors, such as blinks, twitches, mouth movements, or even walking in a circle.
Ethotoin is approved to control complex partial seizures.

Ethotoin Use for Grand Mal Seizures

Grand mal seizures are also known as generalized tonic-clonic seizures. Most seizures depicted on television or movies are grand mal seizures. During a grand mal seizure, a person loses consciousness and alternates between periods of stiffness and periods of shaking. People usually fall down and often lose bladder and bowel control during a grand mal seizure.
Ethotoin is approved to treat grand mal seizures.

How Does This Medication 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.
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