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 Dilantin Phenytoin

Phenytoin (PHT), sold under the brand name Dilantin among others,[1] is an anti-seizure medication.[2] It is useful for the prevention of tonic-clonic seizures and focal seizures, but not absence seizures.[2] The intravenous form is used for status epilepticus that does not improve with benzodiazepines.[2] It may also be used for certain heart arrhythmias or neuropathic pain.[2] It can be taken intravenously or b...
dilantin levels

i take 300mg of dilantin a day have been seizure free for 14 years but recently i have been worried about seizures obsessivly and making myself dizzy and sick my levels for 14 years have always been low like 4.7 and 3.7 my last ER visit 3 days ago they were 2.5 today my DR upped my dose to 400mg a day he said it would also help with the obssive thinking anyone heard of this or think its a good a good idea also what causes my dilantin level too keep dropping ## Has your doctor provided you with any other information? If you were taking the same dosage for a long period of time, it is completely normal for your body to eventually get used to it and for it to not be as effective for you, which may explain why levels keep dropping and why your doctor raised your dosage. And yes, these antis... ...

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Dilantin overdose

My son's nurse accidentally gave him an extra dose of his Dilantin... What should I do? ## I took an extra dilantin (100mg) for 3 days, but I usually take 4 a day. Did I take too much? Can I stop taking it tomorrow? I'm scared. Will I be ok? ...

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I have been taking 400 mg phenytoin for the past 5 years plus due to having two grand mal seizures. I have been dealing with a horrific skin problem (itch that never resolves, easy bruising and now have pruitis nodularis due to the severe itching). I have seen my GP, a dermatologist as well as a gastrointologist. I have had every blood test, ultrasounds a MRI and even a liver biopsy trying to cause the source of my itch. Every test has been normal. My neurologist doesn't seem to think it is caused from the phenytoin. I have read where it can cause some to itch uncontrollably. It has pretty much taken hold of my life and day to day activities are almost impossible. Anyone else out there with similar symptoms? And what would should I be doing moving forward? ## Wow, Pat! I am so very ... ...

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Dilantin level too low

I have been on Dilantin 100mg 3/day for 30 years. My level has always been in the proper range until my recent test. My recent test shows I am at 6. Always has been within the 10-20 range. I have noticed lately that I sometimes feel like a seizure is coming on. But haven't had one. How much of an increase in dosage should I expect to have to take to get me back in range ? I am 59 and weigh 145lbs if that matters. I have no insurance and it is hard for me to afford regular visits to my Doctor. Thank you for your help. ## Hello, Thomas! How are you? Sorry about the problem that you're having. Is there any chance you can call your doctor to ask? Lab work needs to be done to check your levels and see what dosage would be required. ...

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Dilantin 100 mg Kapseals

Does anyone know where the original Dilantin 100 mg Kapseal , white with orange band (as opposed to the newer capsule, white and orange) is available ? I am severely allergic to dyes and am afraid to switch to newer dilantin or generic phenytoin. Thank You! ...

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Dilantin levels too high

I have taken 300 mg daily for 30 years.Blood level run 3 days ago,Dilantin too high..Dr. Has dropped me to 200 mg a day for 1 month...how will this affect me? Presently I thought my synthroid was acting up because I was loopy,dizzy,trouble w/ balance etc .Leaving town for holiday and don't want to end up in ER...help! ## Hello, Patti! How are you? Did you encounter any problems with the lowered dosage? Usually, if the dose is just lowered then any issues are mitigated and should not be serious enough to land you in the ER. It is a full abrupt stop that would normally create problematic issues. How high was your level? The FDA lists the typical side effects of this medication as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, mood swings and weight gain. ...

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1 pill of Dilantin 3 times a day

If I wake up at 1pm and take my 1st pill, 2nd pill at 6pm, then 3rd pill at 1am... Then, I wake up at 10AM and take my 1st pill of the day, would that be me consuming 4 pills in 24 hours like an overdose or is it okay??? I do that alot. I'd wake up the next day and at 10AM take my 1st one then another at 5 then last one at 11pm. I'm not on a schedule with you medicine, I just take it when I wake up and throughout the day. Please let me know. ## You should be on a schedule. If you are supposed to take it 3 times a day, you should be taking one approximately every 8 hours. To maintain its full level of efficacy in the body, the FDA warns that it should be taken on a regular schedule. Its typical side effects are listed as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, mood swings... ...

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Beserol and dilantin tablets

can i take beserol and dilantin tablets for neck pain ## i have been off the PILL for 2 years now and every month my "menstrual" pains just become worse and worse, but to menstruation as yet, can or will beserol tablests alleviate the excrusiating pain in my lower abdomin and pelvic area? ## Beserol contains the active ingredients Acetaminophen, Caffeine, Carisoprodol and Diclofenac, so it works for pain and as a muscle relaxant. Learn more Acetaminophen details here. Learn more Caffeine details here. Learn more Carisoprodol details here. Learn more Diclofenac details here. Dilantin contains the active ingredient Phenytoin, which is an anticonvulsant . Learn more Dilantin details here. That said, it is likely that the Beserol would help more with a headache. Acire, have you ha... ...

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Switching dosage of Dilantin

My mom was taking 100 mg of Dilantin 3 times a day. I complained to her dr that she was too tired so he changes the dosage to 3 100 mg at night all at once before bed. For 2 weeks she was more tired than before, almost a zombie. Can she go back to one pill 3 times per day? She was a lot better before!!! ## Hello, Suzy! How is your mom doing? Has anything changed? Yes, it should be fine to just go back to the prior dosing schedule, as long as her doctor approves. However, at this point, I'm wondering if it might be better for her to see a different doctor for a second opinion. As reported by the FDA, side effects, such as the drowsiness, are typically transient and should go away with time, once her body gets used to the medication, though that could take 4 to 5 weeks. If they do not... ...

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Stilnox, Kapanol and Dilantin

Is it safe to combine Kapanol, Dilantin and Stilnox? Ta. ## Hello, Michelle! How are you? They can be taken together, as long as your doctor approves. The FDA classifies Kapanol as a narcotic analgesic, so it has the potential to be habit forming and may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth and constipation. Dilantin may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, mood swings and weight gain. Stilnox may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, hallucinations, sleep actions and next day hangover-like effects. Is there anything else I can help with? ...

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Dilantin level came back at 29.6

Been on Dilantin since 1978. Last May my level was 17. Now came back at a whopping 29.6 which has worried me. Take 300mg day with an extra pill taken twice a week to avoid break through seizures. Hoping that if I stop the extra 2 pills that will be the only change needed. Anyone been taking Dilantin for this long and had issues with levels? ## Update: stopped the 2 extra pills and a week later, levels at 19.6 which is acceptable. ...

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Low Dose Dilantin for depression

My 16 yr old has been so depressed and agitated, not normal for him. I read in a natural health MD newsletter that 100mg would help ease it. I had some and gave it to him(I had it for depression from my doc a couple years ago but never used it). It had virtually no effect--he seemed a bit better, for awhile. But I will not experiment like this any more. What should I watch for with him? It has been ten hours. ...

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Dilantin, Losartan and Metoprolol

My husband takes Dilantin & Losartan 50mg, but his Dr. recently put him on Metoprolol 25mg twice a day. Now he's feeling antsy at night (can't stay still)... The Dr. never said he was giving him anything... My husband's feet had some swelling. To me, there's too many side effects & a lack of communication from the Dr... Any info is helpful. Thanks. ## Has he been told to take the Metoprolol in addition to the other medications, or was he supposed to replace the Losartan with the Metoprolol? What levels has been showing on his blood pressure? The FDA does warn that Metoprolol can cause nervousness as a side effect, along with nausea, dizziness, headache, hypotension, and increased urination. Have you and your husband considered consulting a different doctor for an... ...

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am taking myself off Dilantin slowly.

Took Excedrin PM. Every night for a month but took 4 instead of typical 2. Woke up in hospital. Dr. Said seizure but I say reaction to too much Excedrin P.M. Dr. put me on dilantin and I've never had one before or after. Was taking 4 a day but have cut it down too two and now ready to take only 1 before completely stop all together. No funny feelings or abnormal reactions. ## It could be due to either, or, it's hard to say from just the information in this post. Was a scan done by a neurologist? Usually a scan of the brain is used to determine epilepsy. I understand the doctor's concern, some medications can lower you seizure threshold, which could signify that you have a condition putting you at risk of seizures, anyway. But the opposite could also be true, it might have on... ...

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dilantin and diclofenac interaction

What effects do these two drugs have on the body when taken together? ## Hello, Mike! How are you? I didn't find any problems or interactions listed between these medications, but it's always best to double check to be sure. The FDA lists the typical side effects of Diclofenac as possibly including nausea, dizziness, headache, increased risk of bleeding and stomach irritation. Dilantin may cause side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, weight changes and mood swings. Is there anything else I can help with? ...

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Powder Inside Of 100mg Dilantin Capsles

I have always used the same phamacy. For about a year the purple and white capsles contained a white pill but now they contain powder. The pharmacey said they had no clue. I can't find anywhere that has dilantin as a powder. Anyone know anything about this? Sorry, but meds and seizures have left me about brain dead. I can't spell anymore. ## I take Phenytoin Sodium capsuls, 100 mg., and I believe they have powder inside. I think the manufacturer is Amneal. They are a substitute for Dilantin; I get them at Walgreens. I just started having seizures last year right before I turned 60. I hate them. I'm afraid to walk around the block because I'm afraid I'll have one and hit my head on the cement. Good luck and God bless. ## Hi, A month ago today I started on Phenyotion 1... ...

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Dilantin for anxiety, depression, and ADHD

Does anyone have experience of being treated with Dilantin for anxiety/depression/ADHD symptoms ? If so, could you advise me on dosage - Thanks ## Hope things have gotten better since you posted this. I have depression and anxiety as was adult ADD. I take patil. 10mg of Ativan as needed for the anxiety and to help me sleep when I can't calm my mind, and also Ritalin 10mg 2 times a day. The Ritalin being added really made a difference. I am not wanting to stay in bed. It has helped with my productivity and has helped me focus at work. I know this will not work for everyone but it sure did for me. ## I have taken Dilantin since I was 9 months old, then all kinds of drugs. Does anyone else have feedback after 10 years of Dilantin? ...

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Dilantin level is to high(34) should be (10-20).

I've been on Dilantin for many yrs. Started out taking 300mgs daily. As Dilantin was helping to prevent a seizure. My life has been put on hold. Tried Tegartol, lamictol(put me in a Grandmal Seizure). Had to go back to Dilantin. Was given generic Dilantin. Life seemed to be fine until I was so weak in the hospital with no Dilantin in my blood stream. Also, my potassium and calcium very low. Now it's medically necessary I take brand naned Dilantin300mg also Keppra(1000mg)/ Dilantin400mg w/Keppra1000mg. Alternating days I'm taking med's as needed but, it's been a prob with levels to low or levels to high. I am back to just 300mg Dilantin w/1000mg Keppra. Have to get levels repeated in a week. Is it me, the med's and or both? Having a seizure 1st started in a foster ho ...

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What Would Happen If You Took Dilantin 100 Mg

if yu took dilantin, and didnt need it, what would happen ? ## There is no good feeling on Dliantin. I have taken it for 15 plus years all I ever felt was the side effects. If that is why you would take it . My advise would be smoke some pot if you live in California its sold over the counter. If there is a medical need for it. Dilantin is not a fun medication. ...

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