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Dr wants me to quit Dilantin and take kepra instead for a month and then no more meds seiz free for 14 years after having one. Is this a good idea?

Dr wants me to quit Dilantin and take kepra instead for a month and then no more meds seiz free for 14 years after having one. Is this a good idea?

Unclear: If you have been free of seizures for all this time why would you need to take kepra for a month after stopping dilantin? Not sure this scenario makes sense. Is this doctor a neurologist? Have you had an eeg? What were the circumstances for the first seizure? Need more info. See a neurologist if you have not already. ...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


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I have been on Dilantin since I was 16 when I had 2 seizures in my sleep now dr wants me to quit Dilantin my level is always low 3.5 ?

I have been on Dilantin since I was 16 when I had 2 seizures in my sleep now dr wants me to quit Dilantin my level is always low 3.5 ?

Care should be taken: Since I do not know the specifics, like what type of seizure you have, you need to ask your doctor more questions. A Dilantin level that is low may mean your sz is controlled by a low level on medicine. Stopping this may cause a seizure. Make an app with your md and get more information. ...Read more

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How low can Dilantin still be ok?

How low can Dilantin still be ok?

Therapeutic range: When Dilantin is used for epilepsy, we try to keep patients within a range between 10 and 20. Below 10, you might still have some benefit, but as the level drops down to 5 or below, unlikely, that your meds will be very protective. Wise to stay in therapy window. ...Read more

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Can Dilantin be taken by snorting it?

Can Dilantin be taken by snorting it?

Please don't: Dilantin is difficult to take by conventional method. It is extremely irritating if infiltrated into the skin or injected into a vein and is poorly absorbed in any setting. Snorting it will probably produce a severe irritation that will cause more problem without benefit. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: dilantin?

Please describe the medication: dilantin?

Anticonvulsant: 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 over the past 70+years. ...Read more

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What is the therapeutic range of dilantin?

What is the therapeutic range of dilantin?

Typical values: The so-called therapeutic level is but a guideline, and some patients may do better outside the usual range, but typically best between 10-20, with higher more toxicity and lower, perhaps less potency. ...Read more

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Can a person person take too much dilantin?

Can a person person take too much dilantin?

Definitely: Dilantin is an anti-epilepsy drug which was developed over 75 yrs ago, and has many potential problems. Due to metabolism, drug levels can easily rise with weight loss, dosage adjustment, and drug interactions. If toxic, the drug can cause dizziness, imbalance, falling, and incoordination. Long-term usage has been reported to cause problems with brain and periph nerves. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a question about dilantin.?

Ask: Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have a question about a medication. ...Read more

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What is the sytpmons of toxin city from Dilantin ?

What is the sytpmons of toxin city from Dilantin ?

Many: Loss of balance and incoordination, intention tremors of arms and legs, possible nausea and anorexia, perhaps dizziness, and falling. A blood test will reveal the Dilantin level and pinpoint the problem. ...Read more

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My Dilantin levels are down to 24 should I still be concern ?

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