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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 (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
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
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 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
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?
If I am being told after 14 years to stop my Dilantin because no seizure since my first and my levels are only 3.1 what effects will it have if I dont?
None: For all intents and purposes, you haven't been taking it. ...Read more
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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
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
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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