Peganone is prescribed to control seizures in people with complex partial seizures or grand mal seizures. There are also some off-label uses for Peganone, such as treating other types of seizures. This medication works by preventing abnormal electrical activity from spreading to other parts of the brain. Peganone has been studied for use in children as young as one year old.
What Is Peganone Used For?Peganone® (ethotoin) is a prescription medication used for severe epilepsy when other medications have not adequately worked to prevent seizures. Specifically, Peganone is approved to treat the following types of seizures:
- Complex partial seizures
- Tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal seizures).
What Is Epilepsy?Epilepsy is a neurological condition associated with abnormal electrical signaling in the brain. These abnormal electrical signals can lead to seizures. Therefore, epilepsy is sometimes called seizure disorder. A person can have a seizure and not have epilepsy. For example, alcohol withdrawal can cause seizures. For a person to be diagnosed with epilepsy, they must have at least two seizures not due to other medical causes.
In over half of all cases, the cause of epilepsy is unknown. When the cause is known, it may be one of the following:
- Other medical conditions, such as a stroke or Alzheimer's disease
- Head trauma
- A brain tumor or brain infection, such as meningitis
- Alcohol or drug abuse
- Genetics (see Genes and Epilepsy).