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How many hours after eating can you safely take Dilantin 200mg in order to minimize chances of food (and or other meds) affecting absorption?

How many hours after eating can you safely take Dilantin 200mg in order to minimize chances of food (and or other meds) affecting absorption?

2hrs: When taking meds on an empty stomach, best to take 2hrs before or 2hrs after eating. Check out http://www.nia.nih.gov/health/publication/safe-use-medicines/your-questions-answered. ...Read more

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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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 Dilantin still one of the best drugs to treat seizures?

Is Dilantin still one of the best drugs to treat seizures?

Dilantin: Dilantin is a good medication for seizures. There are newer medications that may have fewer side effects. However, if you have been taking dilantin for years and your seizures are controlled, I am of the opinion "if it a'int broke don't fix it." ...Read more

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Mother drinking, smoking, taking dilantin, Valium pretty strong, ad a questionable pegnancy drug 1965. Could this cause brain chemical imbalance .

Mother drinking, smoking, taking dilantin, Valium pretty strong, ad a questionable pegnancy drug 1965. Could this cause brain chemical imbalance .

Many things combine: In our lives many partake of many things that are not good for us and they impact our entire body. As part of our body, the brain is not immune - but there's no reason to search for a prime culprit. If your Mom's mental health is a problem, a good psych eval and treatment is the important thing. The questionable substances may be addressed in such therapy. Try not to strengthen her defensiveness. ...Read more

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Have a 17-year-old taking Bactrim sulfamethoxazole tmp wondering if there will be any drug interaction if she takes an herbal allergy pill that I got at the health food center that has vitamin A , C, pantothenic acid , calcium , zinc, quercetin, n-acety

Have a 17-year-old taking Bactrim sulfamethoxazole tmp  wondering if there will be any drug interaction if she takes an herbal allergy pill that I got at the health food center that has  vitamin A , C, pantothenic acid , calcium , zinc, quercetin, n-acety

Probably OK, but...: I doubt there is any serious potential for an adverse interaction. However, one of the problems with "natural" medicines, herbal products, and nutritional supplements, etc is that their exact contents often are unknown, And even when known, there is little research on interations with other drugs. So hard to be certain -- but probably no problem. ...Read more

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Does your body have any clue if you tapper off Dilantin slowly like going from 400mg to 300mg for a month and so on ?

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 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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Can you tell me what happens when a person takes too much dilantin?

Can you tell me what happens when a person takes too much dilantin?

Toxicity: Not difficult to get toxic on Dilantin due to "zero order kinetics". If this occurs, you will lose balance and coordination, will feel dizzy and maybe nauseated, and have difficulty focusing vision. Readily reversible once levels drop into therapy range. ...Read more

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