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Dilantin


Dilantin
Product Details
Generic Name: Phenytoin
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Brand Name: Dilantin
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Introduction
Dilantin is an antiepileptic medicine that works by slowing down impulses in the brain causing seizures. It is used for controlling seizures. It doesn’t cure all kinds of seizures and your doctor will determine if it is the right medicine for you. Also known as Phenytoin, Dilantin is a commonly used antiepileptic drug that acts to suppress abnormal brain activity seen in seizure by reducing electrical conductance amongst brain cells by stabilizing the inactive state of voltage gated sodium channels. Apart from seizures, it is an option in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia in an event which carbamazepine or other first line treatment seems inappropriate.
Doses of Dilantin :
  • Dilantin can be taken as recommended by your doctor; however not in smaller or larger amounts and not for longer than prescribed.
  • Don’t open, break, chew or crush the extended release capsule; swallow it whole.
  • The liquid form of Phenytoin should be measured with a special dose measuring cup or spoon.
  • If you are taking this medicine for curing seizures, keep taking Dilantin even if you feel fine.
  • Missed dose can be taken as soon as you remember; don’t take additional dose to make the missed one.
  • Get medical help in case of overdose; symptoms include shallow or slow breathing, twitching eye movements, fainting, slurred speech, feeling light headed, loss of balance, vomiting, tremor, nausea or muscle weakness or stiffness.
  • Store this medicine at room temperature away from light, heat and moisture.