Users' questions

Is Dilantin still used?

Is Dilantin still used?

Dilantin is one of the most widely prescribed drugs in the world. It is now often used as a second-line approach to seizures, but it still remains very crucial in the treatment of status epilepticus, seizures that occur following surgery, or seizures that occur in a hospital.

What drug can replace phenytoin?

Levetiracetam is a useful alternative to phenytoin for epileptic seizures in children.

What’s the difference between Dilantin and phenytoin?

Phenytoin is the generic name of a widely used antiepileptic drug (AED). In the United States, phenytoin is known by the brand names Dilantin and Phenytek (an extended-release form).

Are there any side effects to taking Dilantin?

That’s one side effect you need to look after via a dentist- no point losing your teeth if it’s avoidable. I have been fortunate that in all my years on Dilantin I never had any gum or mouth issues. I forgot to mention that I have idiopathic Epilepsy and my Gran Mal seizures have mainly been controlled by Dilantin.

When does Dilantin toxicity lead to a coma?

Dilantin, or phenytoin, toxicity happens when you have high levels of Dilantin in your body that become harmful. Dilantin is a medicine that is used to prevent and treat seizures. Dilantin toxicity can lead to a coma.

How long have I been taking Dilantin for epilepsy?

I have been on epilepsy medication for over 40 years. I was originally started on the drug phenobarbatol and then later in life transitioned to only Dilantin. I have been on Dilantin for over 20 years + now and last year my neurologist said I was suffering from the effects of long term Dilantin use.

Is it safe to breast feed while taking Dilantin?

Phenytoin can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormonal birth control (condom, diaphragm with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy. It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk. How should I take Dilantin? Take Dilantin exactly as prescribed by your doctor.