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What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Ethosuximide?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medicine if you have:
  • Any blood disorder
  • Liver disease, including liver failure, hepatitis, or cirrhosis
  • Kidney disease, including kidney failure (renal failure)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, or simply lupus for short)
  • Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With Ethosuximide to learn more, including information on who should not take the drug.)

How Does It Work?

Epilepsy is a brain disorder caused by recurring, brief changes in the brain's electrical system. These changes in brain activity can lead to a seizure (see Epilepsy Symptoms). It is not known exactly how ethosuximide works to treat absence seizures in people with epilepsy. It may work by affecting certain calcium channels in the brain.
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