Dilantin

 
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Without a Prescription

Dilantin is prescribed in many conditions, Dilantin's only approved use is as an anti-seizure medication (anticonvulsant), especially to prevent tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizuresand complex partial seizures (psychomotor seizures).
Dilantin is prescribed alone or with phenobarbital or other anticonvulsants.

Dilantin is prescribed for use as:
- Especially to prevent tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures;
- Complex partial seizures (psychomotor seizures);
- An anti-seizure medication (anticonvulsant);

Warnings

Drugs that may be affected include:
- Carbamazepine;
- Clonazepam;
- Corticosteroids (eg prednisone);
- Cyclosporine;
- Digoxin;
- Disopyramide;
- Doxycycline;
- Estrogens;
- Felodipine;
- Levodopa;
- Lidocaine;
- Methadone;
- Mexiletine;
- Oral contraceptives;
- Paroxetine;
- Phenobarbital;
- Quinidine;
- Tacrolimus;
- Theophylline;
- Warfarin;

Drugs that increase Dilantin concentrations include:
- Paroxetine;
- Omeprazole;
- Isoniazid (INH);
- Fluoxetine;
- Fluconazole;
- Disulfiram;
- Cimetidine;
- Chloramphenicol;
- Amiodarone;

Side Effects

Many varied adverse effects can occur during Dilantin therapy including:
- Abdominal pain;
- Abnormal involuntary movements;
- Constipation;
- Difficulty focusing (vision);
- Dizziness;
- Drowsiness;
- Loss of appetite;
- Nausea;
- Tiredness;
- Unsteady gate;
- Vomiting;

Dilantin can cause sexual dysfunction including:
- Priapism (painful prolonged erections);
- Impotence;
- Decreased libido;

Many varied adverse effects can occur during Dilantin therapy including:
- Abdominal pain;
- Abnormal involuntary movements;
- Constipation;
- Difficulty;
- Dizziness;
- Drowsiness;
- Focusing (vision);
- Loss of appetite;
- Nausea;
- Tiredness;
- Unsteady gate;
- Vomiting;

Form.

Tablets: 50 milligrams;
Capsules: 30 milligrams,
Capsules: 100 milligrams;
Suspension: 125 milligrams per 5 milliliters.

Dosage.

The dosing of Dilantin is very patient-specific. Dilantin may be given once, twice, or three times daily.
Doses are often adjusted to find the optimal dose, based on measurement of blood levels.
Taking Dilantin with food may reduce some of the side effects.
Elderly patients, debilitated persons, and patients with certain kidney or liver diseases may need lower doses. The suspension should not be given at the same time as tube feedings.
Without Prescription (2017)