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Dilantin (Phenytoin) is also know by the generic name Phenytoin and can be prescribed to control seizures. Phenytoin works by reducing the amount of activity in the brain that cause seizures.
Dilantin is taken orally once a day with a glass of water. Having food before taking Dilantin can help prevent any nausea or an upset stomach. Swallow the medication whole without crushing or chewing the medication. Take this medication regularly and do not stop without first consulting your doctor.
Dilantin may have ingredients that could induce an allergic reaction. Speak with your doctor regarding known allergies before using this medication. Additionally you should consult your doctor about prior medical conditions relating to diabetes, liver disease, lupus, or vitamin deficiency. Disclose any medications or supplements to ensure there are no interactions while taking Dilantin.
You may feel dizzy or drowsy while taking Dilantin. Do not operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle until you know it is safe to do so. Avoid alcohol and cannabis as they can exasperate the dizzying effects. Speak with your doctor about the acceptable limits of these substances.
If you are struggling with diabetes, Dilantin could increase blood sugar levels in your body. Check your blood sugar frequently when being treated with Dilantin.
Some common side can include: headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, spinning sensation, drowsiness, slurred speech, loss of balance or coordination, swollen or tender gums, sleep problems (insomnia), nervousness, tremors, or rash.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help managing any side effects that become too severe during your treatment with Dilantin.
Q: Can I take Dilantin while pregnant?
A: You should consult your doctor to discuss the risk involved with taking Dilantin while pregnant. This medication can pass into the breast milk of a nursing mother. It is recommended to consult with your doctor before using this medication while breast feeding.
Q: How should I store Dilantin?
A: This should be stored at room temperature away from children and pets. Never dispose this medication in wastewater. If you are unsure of how to safely dispose unwanted or expired medications speak with your local pharmacist for disposal options.
Q: What if I miss a dose?
A: Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If your missed does is close to your next scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the scheduled dose to avoid double dosing.
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