Dilantin and Alcohol
It is best to avoid combining Dilantin and alcohol, since doing so may reduce the effectiveness of the medication and increase the risk and severity of side effects. If you do drink alcohol during treatment with Dilantin, you should make sure to drink consistently. Avoid binge drinking, and do not suddenly stop drinking without first talking with your healthcare provider.
According to the prescribing information for Dilantin® (phenytoin), drinking alcohol while on Dilantin is not recommended. Combining alcohol and Dilantin can increase the chances and severity of several Dilantin side effects or may make the medication less effective.
Drinking alcohol chronically may decrease the level of Dilantin in your blood, making it less effective. However, binge drinking may raise the level of Dilantin in your blood, increasing your chances of Dilantin side effects.
It is best to avoid alcohol while taking Dilantin. However, if you do drink, it is important to do so consistently. Do not binge drink, and do not stop drinking suddenly without your healthcare provider's approval.
Although it is not recommended that you drink alcohol while taking Dilantin, you should not be afraid to discuss your alcohol consumption with your healthcare provider. Together, you and your healthcare provider can make a shared decision about Dilantin and alcohol for your particular situation. If you do drink, your healthcare provider can also suggest ways to help you stop drinking, if necessary.