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Dilantin Overdose In Children
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
Treatment of overdose of Dilantin depends on the level in blood and when was the last dose taken
ng tube to wash out somach (gastric lavage)
breathing tube (intubation if needed)
mild overdose only needs supportive care and wait
moderate dose with proper care recover within 48to72 hours
severe overdose more aggressive rx if pt in coma &abnormal vital signs, may take3-5da. ...Read more
Dilantin: You need to find out what the normal lab levels are for Dilantin as it can vary. In my hospital 10 to 20 is normal so by their scale you would be above the normal maintenance level - the md prescribing the Dilantin should be easily able to answer your query. ...Read more
Short and long term: The most common reactions in the short term are nausea, sedation, and ataxia (difficulty with coordination). Over long periods of use, however, Dilantin has multiple serious side effects, including causing osteoporosis, overgrowth of the gums, anemia, and tremor- these can sometimes persistent even after the medication is stopped. ...Read more
Probable hoax: Despite the internet stories, aspartame does not appear on any official list of ingredients for dilantin. The allegations referred to in internet stories are unable to be confirmed, and the society, the foundation, and the individual making the allegations all appear to be one and the same. I consider this to be a hoax until proven otherwise. ...Read more
Following side effects
dizziness, drowsiness, headache, vomiting, trouble sleeping, nervousness
severe allergic reaction, bone pain, irritability, slurred speech, unusual eye movements, toredness and weakness
swollen&tender gums, ataxia, liver problems, loss of appetite, yellow skin or eyes, unusual muscle movements, swollen lymph nodes. ...Read more
No: There are a lot of medications that grapefruit can interact with, but Dilantin is not one of them. If you are on multiple medications, it is always a good idea to review them with your pharmacist to see if there are any potential interactions with each other and with certain foods. On a side note, Dilantin should not be taken with spinach, dairy, or enriched wheat products. ...Read more
You certainly can, because Dilantin and Boirin = Dilantin and nothing. You’re throwing away your money. Homeopathic remedies are nothing but very expensive water. Homeopathy is 100% quackery. And don’t be duped by any crackpot homeopath who claims that homeopathic remedies are better because they have no side effects. A drug that has no SIDE effects
almost certainly has no EFFECTS either. ...Read more
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
Plenty of those: Ongoing side effects might include gum hypertrophy, coarsening of facial features, vertigo and imbalance, interactions with other medicines, problems with calcium and vitamin d, but chronic problems might include liver toxicity, osteoporosis, peripheral neuropathy, cerebellar degeneration, and worsening of myoclonic seizures and absence seizures. ...Read more
Dilantin: Adding biotin to Dilantin or Capozide should be perfectly safe. Allergies to biotin are extremely rare. ...Read more
None: If you are not taking Dilantin, there should be no levels at all. However, therapeutic levels are between 10-20mcg/ml (blood test). ...Read more
What signs can I look for possible Dilantin high levels? I give only what is prescribed at the certain hrs set-up.
Dilantin side effect: Your question seems to be asking the signs and symptoms of Dilantin toxicity. These may occur when the Dilantin levels are higher than the recommended therapeutic range. Some of these symptoms include nystagmus (twitching of the eyes), sleepiness, nausea/vomiting, difficulty with speech (slurring), trouble with balance, bleeding of the gums. These symptoms can be reversed by decreasing the dose. ...Read more
I have been taking generic Dilantin from cvs now I wanna switch to walmart. Is walmarts any different or will it be safe?
No difference: Chances are that they both get the drug from the same manufacturer you might inquire who their manufacturers are. ...Read more
I have trilegimal nerugia 3300 mg daily 400 mg a day of dilantin. How high can they raise the Dilantin? I'm having break through shocks...
For the first time in over 20 years my Dilantin levels have spiked to 91, why. I was taking 400 mg a day. I recently had major surgery and I am 59.?
Does your body have any clue if you tapper off Dilantin slowly like going from 400mg to 300mg for a month my level is always only 3.5 14 year seiz fre?
Being seizures free for 14 years is reassuring, but if your eeg still show epileptic discharges you are at risk--level of 3, 5 is low and will get lower if you decrease your dose, but that does not mean, it is not working meaning protecting you from seizures--
only your neurologist who know about all your seizures and studies, can assess your risk--just don't decrease the dose on your own--. ...Read more
Yes body knows/respo: Dilantin is prescribed for control of seizures. Too much can cause side effects and body knows when it is too much as blood level goes up body responds with side effects. Same holds true when you take too little, seizures are not controllled. That is the reason to keep the blood level in threpeutic range. So if you are tapering for a reason, your body knows as level falls. Wean off gradually ...Read more
Can be effective: Phenytoin is one of the oldest patent medicines used to treat epilepsy. It has been an effective treatment. Due to its sedating effect and other side effects, newer agents have replaced it as a first line treatment. It continues to be an effective alternative treatment. ...Read more
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