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Is it safe to take Dilantin while pregnant or breastfeeding?
6 doctors weighed in

Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Obstetrics & Gynecology
3 doctors agree
In brief: No
But it depends.
It may be safer to stay on it than stop if that is the best drug to control seizures. It is a class d drug, meaning there is evidence of fetal risk, but the need to adequately control seizures may outweigh this risk. Discuss this with your doctor. It is considered compatible with breastfeeding by the american academy of pediatrics.

In brief: No
But it depends.
It may be safer to stay on it than stop if that is the best drug to control seizures. It is a class d drug, meaning there is evidence of fetal risk, but the need to adequately control seizures may outweigh this risk. Discuss this with your doctor. It is considered compatible with breastfeeding by the american academy of pediatrics.
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
Dr. Eugene Louie-Ng
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Pregnancy Category D
While Dilantin is considered a safe drug during breast feeding it is considered toxic to a fetus.
Growth deficiency, decreased mental performance, changes in facial features and various other anomalies have been recorded.

In brief: Pregnancy Category D
While Dilantin is considered a safe drug during breast feeding it is considered toxic to a fetus.
Growth deficiency, decreased mental performance, changes in facial features and various other anomalies have been recorded.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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In brief: Better options
Dilantin is a drug of the 1930's and has been supplanted by numerous more effective and safer medications.
Does possess teratogenic potential, and does cause osteoporosis, and liver and bone marrow issues in many. Levels change meteorically in pregnancy, and tough to keep in therapy range. However, a convulsion could cause miscarriage. Would get a different med asap.

In brief: Better options
Dilantin is a drug of the 1930's and has been supplanted by numerous more effective and safer medications.
Does possess teratogenic potential, and does cause osteoporosis, and liver and bone marrow issues in many. Levels change meteorically in pregnancy, and tough to keep in therapy range. However, a convulsion could cause miscarriage. Would get a different med asap.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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