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Phenytoin (Definition)

Phenytoin is the generic name for the common anti-seizure ...Read more


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What are issues caused by low phenytoin levels?

What are issues caused by low phenytoin levels?

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

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Will someone please describe the symptoms of phenytoin?

Will someone please describe the symptoms of phenytoin?

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

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Phenytoin free level is @ .9 normal is 1.0-2.0.Should I worry?

Phenytoin free level is @ .9 normal is 1.0-2.0.Should I worry?

No cause you always: treat the person and not just the lab. If you are well without a seizure recurrence then you should not worry. Just remember that alcohol and over-the-counter medications to have an influence on your Dilantin. Be well and best wishes. ...Read more

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Is phenytoin more effective when taken orally or via injection?

Is phenytoin more effective when taken orally or via injection?

Efficiency: Intravenous phenytoin will affect faster than oral due to the need for the latter to be absorbed in the GI tract. Once therapeutic levels are achieved, either orally or intravenously, the effect is equivalent. ...Read more

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Why phenytoin considered nonsedative antiepileptic?

Why phenytoin considered nonsedative antiepileptic?

Phenytoin: Not sure what you mean. Phenytoin is not considered to be a sedative by definition. This stands for the fact it doesn't possess properties that inhibit the brain in such a way as to induce relaxation, drowsiness, somnolence, calming. ...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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What side effects does phenytoin have?

What side effects does phenytoin have?

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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What can be done to reduce the side effects of phenytoin?

What can be done to reduce the side effects of phenytoin?

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 more

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Could 1600mg tramadol, 5000mg of phenytoin, and a bowl of weed kill you?

Could 1600mg tramadol, 5000mg of phenytoin, and a bowl of weed kill you?

I can't provide: You with information that you will use to try to kill yourself. Please get help. Please be seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you. If need be, you can call 911 for emergency services ; they can provide transport. When a person is depressed they often feel despair ; come to believe that things can't get better. But there is hope. Allow others to provide you w. ...Read more