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What Cold Medicine Can I Take If On Dilantin
Drug interactions: Pretty much all the ingredients in the over the counter cold medications have some interaction with Dilantin and/or tegretol, including increased liver toxigscity (from acetaminophen) and increased sedation. I would suggest you discuss the problem with your family doctor. Also, look at medlineplus.Gov (the national library of medicine patient education site) choosing drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Maybe more: Your doctor should be measuring the level in your blood to see if you can take more if you need it to reduce the pain. If not, there are many other meds to try. ...Read more
I take 400mg of Dilantin a night my dr wants to cut me back down to 300mg will my body know the difference in mgs. ?
I take 400mg of Dilantin a night my dr wants to cut me back down to 300mg will my body know the difference in mgs my level always been 2.3 for 16 yrs?
Anti-epileptic taper: For individuals who have only experienced one episode of seizure in their lifetime and have been on long term anti-seizure (anti-epileptic) medications such as Dilantin for more than two years while seizure free, it may be safe to taper the anti-seizure medication and possibly stopping it.This should only be done under the care of a physician familiar with your condition or by a neurologist. ...Read more
Complex: Yes, you physician needs to be aware of your concern. ...Read more
If i take 400mg of Dilantin a day and cut it down to 300 a day because the 400 didn't raise the level from 2.3 will my body know the difference?
No, not really: Dilantin exhibits zero-order pharmacokinetics; the rate of clearance of the drug is dependent upon the concentration of drug present. Therefore, Phenytoin does not have a classical half-life like other drugs, since it varies with blood concentration. As the blood concentration drops, the rate at which it is excreted increases. Speak with your neurologist if this is the right medication for you. ...Read more
Not really an issue: However, Dilantin is a very old drug with lots of short term and long term issues, and the newer meds work far better with less side effects. Just an editorial comment, as I have essentially stopped using this product for years, similar to most neurologists. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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