Ethotoin (marketed as Peganone® by Ovation) is an anticonvulsant drug used in the treatment of epilepsy. It is a hydantoin, similar to phenytoin. Ethotoin lacks phenytoin's side effects of gingival hyperplasia and hirsutism, however it is less effective. This, combined with the need for frequent dosing has limited its usefulness. Ethotoin is no longer widely used. more...
Mechanism of Action
Similar to phenytoin.
- 1957 Peganone was granted FDA approval to Abbott Laboratories for treatment of grand mal (tonic clonic) and partial complex (psychomotor) seizures.
- 2003 Peganone was acquired from Abbott Laboratories by Ovation Pharmaceuticals (specialty pharmaceutical company who acquire underpromoted branded pharmaceutical products).
Indications & Usage
Ethotoin is indicated for tonic-clonic and partial complex seizures.
Ethotoin is available in 250mg tablets. It is taken orally in 4 to 6 divided doses per day, preferrably after food.
Ataxia, visual disturbances, rash and gastrointestinal problems.
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