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Is dilantin-125 safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is dilantin-125 safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

No and yes: Not safe for pregnant women ("possibly hazardous") it is safe during lactation even for the newborn. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is it safe to take Dilantin while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is it safe to take Dilantin while pregnant or breastfeeding?

No: But it depends. It may be safer to stay on it than stop if that is the best drug to control seizures. It is a class d drug, meaning there is evidence of fetal risk, but the need to adequately control seizures may outweigh this risk. Discuss this with your doctor. It is considered compatible with breastfeeding by the american academy of pediatrics. ...Read more

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What should I expect from a Dilantin level dropping in pregnancy?

What should I expect from a Dilantin level dropping in pregnancy?

Problems: Dilantin is difficult to use at any time but especially during pregnancy. Dilantin total level may be low, but free Dilantin adequate or even high. Dilantin can cause birth defects and can affect birth control. It is becoming apparent that it is an old drug that should not be used too often - especially in young women. ...Read more

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My daughter has deletion 22q chromosome syndrome. I took highlevels of Dilantin while pregnant with her. Is there a connection?

My daughter has deletion 22q chromosome syndrome. I took highlevels of Dilantin while pregnant with her. Is there a connection?

Difficult to know: Ninety % of these are newly formed accidents in chromosome replication, cause unknown. The issue would be present in the egg or sperm before or at conception. Whether your exposure to Dilantin during formation of your eggs had any effect is not known. High levels of Dilantin during pregnancy do produce an effect on a fetus but chromosome changes is not part of that process. ...Read more

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Can I continue Dilantin while pregnant if it is the only thing that works for a seizure disorder?

Can I continue Dilantin while pregnant if it is the only thing that works for a seizure disorder?

Yes!: Use monotherapy with the agent most effective for your type of seizure per your neurologist. Try to avoid valproic acid; take Folic Acid at 5 mg daily throughout your reproductive life. Do not drive. ...Read more

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Took 400 mg of Ibprohen for a week just found out I'm pregnant should we worry? She's also taking keppra (levetiracetam) Dilantin 100 mg each twice a day

Took 400 mg of Ibprohen for a week just found out I'm pregnant should we worry? She's also taking keppra (levetiracetam) Dilantin 100 mg each twice a day

Seizure disorder: Stop taking the Ibuprofen. IF you are taking Keppra (levetiracetam) and Dilantin then it is likely that you have a seizure disorder. This makes the pregnancy high risk and it is important that you schedule an Obgyn evaluation promptly. Folate 4 mg daily should be taken. ...Read more

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I take phenobarbitol and phenytoin sodium. Effect on pregnancy?

I take phenobarbitol and phenytoin sodium. Effect on pregnancy?

These meds a problem: Both meds are listed as category "d", known to have adverse effects on the fetus. (iugr, bone changes, small head, mental retardation) the phentoin is regarded as the worse of the two. Most ob's would chose to have you on one of the newer meds with less risks. ...Read more

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I take phenobarbitone and phenytoin sodium tablets can they effect pregnancy?

I take phenobarbitone and phenytoin sodium tablets can they effect pregnancy?

Anticonvulsants: Both Phenobarbital and Phenytoin are anticonvulsant drugs. Anticonvulsant agents have been shown to affect fetuses and can cause birth defects. If you are taking these drugs, you should speak with your doctor regarding planning a pregnancy and what drugs you can safely use during pregnancy. ...Read more

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Hello how are you, im 38 weeks pregnant as of today n only 2cm dilatin is there anything I can do to speed it up?

Hello how are you, im 38 weeks pregnant as of today n only 2cm dilatin is there anything I can do to speed it up?

Not really: YOU DON'T WANT TO RUSH MOTHER NATURE in dilating your cervix faster than necessary. As I learned during my OB rotations; every day the baby is able to stay in the womb is worth 10 in an incubator! The other thing I learned is that Mother Nature KNOWS your due date much better than any doctor. You're almost there. Just take care of yourself and Nature will take care of you. ...Read more

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Epilepsy, pregnancy I want to have children, my partner had epilepsy, he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

Epilepsy, pregnancy I want to have children, my partner had epilepsy, he is claiming that when he was 10 years old he was cured by going to church and it is about 32 years that he doesn't have epilepsy and deosnt use dlantin and tegretol, he also claimed

He's wrong: Epilepsy isn't always a cut-and-dried diagnosis. If your partner really did have epilepsy, he wasn't cured in church. He grew out of his epilepsy. It happens all the time with primary generalized epilepsy; rarely if ever with partial epilepsy. ...Read more

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Is Dilantin a safe drug. Does it deleped your sodium?

Is Dilantin a safe drug. Does it deleped your sodium?

Dilantin: Dilsntin is available as Dilantin sodium. As such it does not deplete sodium. It can however, cause osteoporosis or hypothyroidism among other side effects. ...Read more

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Is it safe to leave Dilantin 100mg capsules in cold temperatures?

Not really an issue: However, Dilantin is a very old drug with lots of short term and long term issues, and the newer meds work far better with less side effects. Just an editorial comment, as I have essentially stopped using this product for years, similar to most neurologists. ...Read more

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If I take generic Dilantin from walmart is it safe to switch to cvs?

If I take generic Dilantin from walmart is it safe to switch to cvs?

Yes: Dilantin is dilantin, whether it comes from one pharmacy or another. Cost differences may exist. Reassure your prescription reads exactly as your physician has recommended. Good luck. ...Read more

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It is safe to take Pepcid (famotidine) at least one hour before taking Dilantin 200mg?

Pepcid/Dilantin: Pepcid (famotidine) may increase effects of Dilantin. Taking Pepcid (famotidine) at least few hours before or after Dilantin might lessen that effect. Review with your doctor first. ...Read more

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I take 500 mg of Dilantin a day is it safe to take 250mg of seroquel (quetiapine) a day or will it lower the effects of my dilantin?

I take 500 mg of Dilantin a day is it safe to take 250mg of seroquel (quetiapine) a day or will it lower the effects of my dilantin?

See Below: Dilantin can increase how fast your body clears seroquel (quetiapine), (quetiapine) but seroquel (quetiapine) should not effect your Dilantin level. It is always best to let your doctors know of the medications different physicians prescribe. ...Read more

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I'm takin 20 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) a day.2 20mg Dilantin a day. Safe 2also take chantix. I've tried the chantix twice & had bad sife effects. Will pzac help effects?

I'm takin 20 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) a day.2 20mg Dilantin a day. Safe 2also take chantix. I've tried the chantix twice & had bad sife effects. Will pzac help effects?

Many Meds: I have never seen Prozac (fluoxetine) used to reduce side effects of Chantix without knowing what side effects you experienced, it is difficult to comment on how to avoid them. Here at healthtap we appreciate your question. Why not reformulate your question providing the additional information and we will be more than happy to answer your question again. Take care. ...Read more

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If I have had one seizure in the past is it safe to undergo a light hypnosis for anxiety I do take Dilantin which is a untheroputic level?

If I have had one seizure in the past is it safe to undergo a light hypnosis for anxiety I do take Dilantin which is a untheroputic level?

Yes, hypnosis: Hypnosis would be safe for you to try. You have been posting multiple questions concerning your worries about seizure many years ago, about drug use now causing seizures, etc. So most of all I hope you do see a psychiatrist and therapist to help you with your anxiety. Hypnosis may help also, and it is safe. Please stay away from recreational drugs, though. ...Read more

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Dilantin (Definition)

Dilantin (generic name phenytoin) is a drug that has been used to treat seizure disorders since 1938. It is a sodium channel blocker that is effective in treatment of epilepsy but it has significant side effects. Because of that many newer drugs have been developed ...Read more