Dilantin (Phenytoin Sodium)
What is Dilantin (Phenytoin Sodium) used for?
Dilantin (Phenytoin Sodium) is an anticonvulsant drug which is given to patients to control seizures, and to prevent them from occurring. This drug is able to lessen the spread of seizure activity within the brain. Apart from being used to prevent seizures, this drug is also used to treat different types of irregular heartbeats.
How should I use Dilantin (Phenytoin Sodium)?
Dilantin (Phenytoin Sodium) capsules should be swallowed whole. The prescribing physician will inform you of the required dose. These tablets are usually taken 1 to 4 times per day. Take them exactly as directed by your physician. Be aware that if you switch from one brand of this drug to another, your dose may need to be adjusted accordingly. Do not do this without first informing your physician.
What are the side effects of Dilantin (Phenytoin Sodium)?
You may notice some side effects when taking Dilantin (Phenytoin Sodium), such as:
Consult your physician immediately if you notice blurred vision, joint pain, depression, thoughts of suicide or any other serious side effects.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Dilantin (Phenytoin Sodium). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have any allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.