Generic Name : TRIMETHADIONE
Pronunciation : (trye meth a dye' one)
Trade Name(s) : Troxidone, Tridione
Why it is prescribed: Trimethadione acts on the brain and nervous system to control absence or petite mal seizures.
When it is to be taken: Trimethadione usually is taken three or four times a day. Follow the instructions on your prescription label carefully.
How it should be taken: Trimethadione comes in the form of capsules, chewable tablets, and oral liquid. Your prescription label tells you how much to take at each dose.
Special Instruction :
1. Trimethadione can cause dizziness, blurred or double vision, incoordination, and drowsiness. Do not driva a car, operate dangerous machinery, or do anything that requires alertness until you know how this drug effects you.
2. Do not stop taking this drug without consulting your doctor. Stopping the drug abruptly can cause seizures. Your doctor probably will want to decrease your dose gradually.
3. Take trimethadione exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not take more or less of it or take it more or less often than as instructed. If convulsions or seizures continue, contact your doctor.
4. If you forget to take a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember it and take any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals. However, if you remember a missed dose at the time you are scheduled to take the next dose, omit the missed dose completely. Do not take a double dose.
Side Effects :
1. Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite and taste, constipation or diarrhea, difficulty swallowing. Take the medication with food or a lot of water. If these problems persist, contact your doctor.
2. Blurred or double vision, sensitivity to light. If vision problems occur in bright light, wear dark glasses. Contact your doctor if these problems persist.
3. Drowsiness; incoordination; irritability; hiccups; headache; restlessness; dizziness; speech problems; hair loss; tingling, prickling, burning, tight, pulling, or drawing sensation. Contact your doctor if these effects are severe or persist. Skin rash, sore throat, fever, easy bruising, tiny purple-colored skin spots, bloody nose, unusual bleeding, yellowing of skin and eyes and dark urine, frequent urination, burning on urination. Stop taking the drug and contact your doctor immediately.
Other Precautions :
1. Before you take trimethadione, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or think that you may be pregnant or breast-feeding; if you have kidney, liver, eye, or blood disease; or if you ever had a bad reaction to paramethadione.
2. Trimethadione can affect the action of other drugs, and the action of trimethadione can be altered by many drugs.
3. Before you take trimethadione, tell your doctor what prescription and nonprescription drugs you are taking, especially other seizure medication, medication for depression, doxycycline, isoniazid, and birth-control pills. Use caution when drinking alcoholic beverages or taking over-the-counter sleeping pills or antihistamines; these substances add to the drowsiness caused by trimethadione.
4. Do not allow anyone else to take this medication.
Storage Conditions :
1. Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of the reach of children.
2. Store it at room temperature, away from excess heat and moisture.