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Safe Phenytoin Pregnant
No: Phenytoin use during pregnancy has been associated with many fetal abnormalities including, head and facial abnormalities, brain abnormalities, and development delays. "fetal hydantoin syndrome" is a disorder in infants characterized by many of these abnormalities. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you're pregnant or planning to get pregnant, there are many things you can do to give your baby a healthy start: Regular prenatal visits along with laboratory testing, ultrasounds, prenatal vitamins and immunizations (like the flu shot and whopping cough booster). Now's the time to eat healthy, stay hydrated, and ...Read more
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
Are the meds Chlorpromazine,Haloperidol,
phenytoin,valproic acid,&carbamazepine safe to eat to treat frequent hiccups.How long to take?
Recurrent seizures: If Phenytoin is being used for the treatment of epilepsy, low levels ie. Less than 10, put you at increased risk of seizure recurrence. If your seizures have been well controlled on phenytoin, purposefully decreasing the level may endanger your driving privileges etc. Low Phenytoin levels may be due to low albumin, a poor diet, dialysis or competing drugs. This can be checked(free Phenytoin level). ...Read more
Many adverse rxns.: Drugs don't have symptoms-they are adverse reactions and Phenytoin has serious and common events. Serious:suicidality, stevens-johnson syndrome, anaphylaxis, hepatotoxicity, deceased platelet count, whiteblood cell count or across all blood lines, etc. Common rxns:nausea, vomiting, rash, slurred speech, tremor, gum hyperplasia, coarse facial features, ataxia, confusion etc. There are others in both. ...Read more
My response: First, phenytoin is an 80 yo archaic drug, which due to its numerous problems would never be approved these days by the American FDA. Best way to reduce side effects is to find a better drug and slowly taper off your current drug, closely working with your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dilantin Effects: 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
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