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Dilantin® (phenytoin) is a drug used for treating certain types of epileptic seizures, including complex partial seizures, generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and seizures during brain surgery. It is approved for use in both adults and children. The medication, which is available by prescription, comes as an oral suspension, extended-release capsules, and chewable tablets.
Most people have no problems with Dilantin; however, the drug's safety information should be reviewed so that you are aware of possible side effects (such as slurred speech or unusual eye movements) and know the warning signs of an allergic reaction or other serious problem that requires prompt medical attention.
Many factors will play a role in the dose of Dilantin your healthcare provider recommends, including:
  • The particular Dilantin product
  • Your age and weight
  • The amount of Dilantin in your blood (measured using a blood test)
  • Other medications you may be taking.
(For more information on this drug, click Dilantin. This in-depth article talks about how it works, what to expect, generic availability, and more.)
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