phenytoin-sodium-extended
(Dilantin)

This medicine is an anticonvulsant used for treating tonic-clonic (grand mal) and partial seizures. It is also used to prevent and treat seizures that may occur during or after brain or nervous system surgery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

This medicine is an anticonvulsant used for treating tonic-clonic (grand mal) and partial seizures. It is also used to prevent and treat seizures that may occur during or after brain or nervous system surgery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
CAUTIONS: DO NOT USE THIS MEDICINE if you are allergic to any ingredient in this medicine or to another hydantoin (eg, fosphenytoin). TALK WITH YOUR DOCTOR before you use this medicine if you or a family member have had an allergic reaction to a barbiturate (eg, phenobarbital), carbamazepine, an oxalidinedione (eg, trimethadione), oxcarbazepine, or a succinimide (eg, ethosuximide, methsuximide). LAB TESTS may be performed while you use this medicine to monitor your condition or check for side effects. KEEP ALL DOCTOR AND LAB APPOINTMENTS. This medicine may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are taking this medicine. THIS MEDICINE MAY CAUSE DIZZINESS OR DROWSINESS. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine. Using this medicine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may lessen your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE you drink alcohol while you are taking this medicine. Alcohol may increase or decrease the amount of medicine in your blood. TELL YOUR DOCTOR OR DENTIST THAT YOU TAKE THIS MEDICINE before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. HORMONAL BIRTH CONTROL (eg, birth control pills) may not work as well while you are using this medicine. To prevent pregnancy, use an extra form of birth control (eg, condoms). SERIOUS AND SOMETIMES FATAL SKIN REACTIONS have been reported with this medicine. Patients who have a certain gene type called HLA-B*1502 may have an increased risk for these skin reactions. This gene type is found most commonly in Asian patients. Tell your doctor if you have been tested and know whether or not you have the HLA-B*1502 gene type. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. PROPER DENTAL CARE is important while you are taking this medicine. Brush and floss your teeth and visit the dentist regularly. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINES, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. Use this medicine with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects. FOR WOMEN: Women who take this medicine may experience an increase in seizure activity if they become pregnant. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor. This medicine may cause harm to the fetus. IF YOU MAY BECOME PREGNANT, discuss other possible treatment options with your doctor. If a decision is made to take this medicine, use effective birth control while you are taking it. Talk with your doctor if you are planning to become pregnant, or if you have any questions or concerns about this information. IF YOU THINK YOU MAY BE PREGNANT, contact your doctor right away to discuss the benefits and risks of using this medicine during pregnancy. You and your doctor will need to decide if you will continue to take this medicine while you are pregnant. This medicine is found in breast milk. Do not breast-feed while taking this medicine.
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