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Going Off Dilantin
Does your body have any clue if you tapper off Dilantin slowly like going from 400mg to 300mg for a month and so on ?
No: I assume you are taking Dilantin for epilepsy. Your level will stablize at a new level following 5 doses of 300 mg. Theoretically, if you remain in the therapeutic range at this new dose, you should be protected. The question is, what is your goal, to wean yourself off Dilantin without other AED protection, or a slight reduction in dilantin? The former is dangerous-could develop status epilepticus. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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?
Yes: 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 dont decrease the dose on your own--. ...Read more
I take 4 dilantins a day now for 15 years seizure free my levels never go higher than 2.3 my dr said i can cut down to 3 and wont have a seizure ?
No matter how much Dilantin I take the level never goes past 3.8 I had one seizure 14 years ago does this mean I don't need it or my body is rejecting?
Had 2 granmal seizs when i was 14 during my sleep been on Dilantin since im now 30 my levels never go higher than 3.2 no seizures what does this mean?
Im 30 now but at age 16 i had 2 seizures in 2 days.I take 400mg of Dilantin a day my level never goes higher then 2.3 but no seizure since 98 am i saf?
I had 2 seizures when I was 16 im 30 now and take Dilantin my levels only go as high as 3.5. Am I epileptic had EEG back then. Dr wont give me one now?
Is it safe to say if I have been seizure free for 14 years and my Dilantin levels go no higher than 3.1 that I am not epileptic only had one seizure?
Back off: Jeff - please find yourself a good doctor to talk to face to face. Do not keep sending the same questions. Set your mind at ease and resolve your conflicts. That will be the only way to resolve your concerns! ...Read more
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