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What are the side effects of dilantin?

What are the side effects of dilantin?

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

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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What has more side effects Dilantin or topamax (topiramate) ?

What has more side effects Dilantin or topamax (topiramate) ?

Dilantin: Dilantin has been around long time and is relatively saf, but has more side effects in therapeutic doses than newer med topamax (topiramate). ...Read more

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What has more side effects Dilantin or topamax (topiramate) and can topamax (topiramate) cause seizures?

What has more side effects Dilantin or topamax (topiramate) and can topamax (topiramate) cause seizures?

Jeff24, U need help: I see that you posted many questions all related to your "seizure" which you may have had 14 yrs ago. Despite multiple answers from different docs, you are not satisfied and seem to obsess about this issue quite abit. Topamax (topiramate) is actually used to treat both seizure and migraine. Jeff24, call your doc and make an appointment for follow-up. I think you have obscessive-compulsive-disorder. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: side effects of dilantin?

What is the definition or description of: side effects of dilantin?

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

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What are some alternatives to Dilantin for petite mal seizures? Have been on 400mg/day for nearly 5 years. Side effects are making my life miserable.

What are some alternatives to Dilantin for petite mal seizures? Have been on 400mg/day for nearly 5 years. Side effects are making my life miserable.

Talk to your doctor: Many medications can help with petit mal seizures. If associated with the grand mal seizures, Ethosuximide (zarontin) can be very effective. Valproic acid (depakene) and Lamotrigine (lamictal) are effective with or without associated grand mal seizures. Other medications can also be used. In your case, i would speak with your doctor to see if a change in medication is appropriate. ...Read more

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Are these side effects something that I should get taken care of? I've been taking Dilantin since sept. And i've noticed that i've been itching and had many bad headaches. I've also been experienceing mood swings. Everytime i take my pill about an hour or

Are these side effects something that I should get taken care of? I've been taking Dilantin since sept. And i've noticed that i've been itching and had many bad headaches. I've also been experienceing mood swings. Everytime i take my pill about an hour or

Look for drug change: These are potential side effects, however they may also be related to the reasons for taking Dilantin so a careful evaluation is in order. If this is giving you good seizure control and other drugs don't it might be worth the side effects. Discuss this with a neurologist. ...Read more

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Dilantin level was 5.4 (2) weeks ago, 1.4 today have severe headache only on left side. Feel like funny hard to describe. ?

Dilantin level was 5.4 (2) weeks ago, 1.4 today have severe headache only on left side. Feel like funny hard to describe. ?

See a doctor now: A headache only on the left side could be something as simple as stress or muscle tension. It could also be serious and require treatment. You should be checked by a doctor for temporal arteritis and other vascular problems. ...Read more

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What are the effects of phenytoin (dilantin)?

What are the effects of phenytoin (dilantin)?

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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I take 500 mg of Dilantin a day is it safe to take 250mg of seroquel (quetiapine) a day or will it lower the effects of my dilantin?

I take 500 mg of Dilantin a day is it safe to take 250mg of seroquel (quetiapine) a day or will it lower the effects of my dilantin?

See Below: Dilantin can increase how fast your body clears seroquel (quetiapine), (quetiapine) but seroquel (quetiapine) should not effect your Dilantin level. It is always best to let your doctors know of the medications different physicians prescribe. ...Read more

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Im takin 20 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) a day.2 20mg Dilantin a day. Safe 2also take chantix. I've tried the chantix twice & had bad sife effects. Will pzac help effects?

Im takin 20 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) a day.2 20mg Dilantin a day. Safe 2also take chantix. I've tried the chantix twice & had bad sife effects. Will pzac help effects?

Many Meds: I have never seen Prozac (fluoxetine) used to reduce side effects of Chantix without knowing what side effects you experienced, it is difficult to comment on how to avoid them. Here at healthtap we appreciate your question. Why not reformulate your question providing the additional information and we will be more than happy to answer your question again. Take care. ...Read more

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Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?

Started Dilantin 30 yrs ago after one grand mal and numerous petit mal seizures. Worry about long term effects as i age. Stuck for life?

Absolutely not: You're right to be concerned: Phenytoin can promote osteoporosis through its effect on calcium metabolism. (Not great for the liver, either.) Get completely reevaluated. Either you need to stay on a seizure med or you don't. If you don't, great. If you do, there are newer-generation anticonvulsants with much lower long-term risks. ...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 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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What causes Dilantin levels to stay low if meds are being taking?

Metabolism: Some people metabolize medications differently, so levels will be tested for and the medications can be adjusted to confirm therapeutic levels are achievable for treatment. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What are the signs of Dilantin toxicity?

What are the signs of Dilantin toxicity?

Many: Most characteristic is dizziness, gait imbalance, incoordination, eye nystagmus causing objects to jump, but may see a bit of nausea, even confusion, and generalized fatigue and malaise. ...Read more