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Medication guide Generic Dilantin (Phenytoin 100 mg):
What is Dilantin?
Dilantin is an oral medication that is used for treating epileptic seizures in patients who have epilepsy. It works by suppressing the abnormal brain activity that triggers the epileptic episodes and which is present during those attacks. Its main mechanism of action is the reduction of electrical conductance in the brain cells. It does this through stabilization of the inactive state of voltage-gated sodium channels. Due to its properties, Dilantin may also be used in treatment of a condition known as trigeminal neuralgia, which is usually treated with carbamazepine. However, if the carbamazepine is for some reason not effective for a patient, Dilantin is introduced as the medication of choice. When used for epileptic seizures, it has to be noted that it does not treat all kinds of seizures (as there are many types). You will need to talk to your doctor to find out if Dilantin should be used for your type of seizures and can you start taking it.
Talking to your physician before taking generic Dilantin
Before you order Dilantin online, you should talk to your doctor who will need to check your medical history and your current state of health. They will also need to determine what type of epileptic seizures are involved in your case and judging by them, they will know if Dilantin is the anti convulsant medication of choice in your case. Because there are types of epileptic seizures that will not be affected by Dilantin, it is important that your doctor makes sure generic Dilantin will be effective in your case. There are certain medical conditions that you might be suffering from and that will require further testing or certain adjustments of the dosage and your doctor needs to know if you have any of these. They include: diabetes, porphyria, liver disease and vitamin D deficiency. In fact, if you are suffering from any condition that can cause your bones to become thin, you should discuss this with your doctor.
Can Dilantin be used in pregnancy?
Dilantin has been found to be harmful for the health of the fetus, which is why it is not recommended for use during pregnancy. In addition to this, its effectiveness might become reduced during pregnancy, making it much less effective in controlling the seizures. Dilantin also affects the efficiency of birth control pills. If you start taking Dilantin, you might want to use an alternative form of birth control. If you become pregnant and you are already using Dilantin, you must talk to your doctor at once and inform them of this development so that they can decide on the future course of action. Dilantin should also not be used by breastfeeding women as it passes into milk.
How to properly take this Generic Medication?
The most important thing to keep in mind when using Dilantin is that it is a prescription medication, a very powerful one and used for treating a very serious medical condition. Because of this, you must never deviate from the prescribed regimen. This means that you should take exactly as much Dilantin as prescribed by your doctor, that you keep taking it at regular intervals and that you do not stop using generic Dilantin before your doctor has told you to. When you start taking Dilantin, both you and the people around you should notice and report any changes to your symptoms or your mood. Your doctor will also most probably want you to come in for regular checkups and you need to make those appointments. You should also keep using Dilantin even if you feel perfectly fine. If you stop using it without consulting your doctor, you might experience an exacerbation of your condition. Furthermore, steer clear of alcohol, as it increases the risks of having seizures, but it can also enhance certain side effects of Dilantin. Finally, if you feel that you reactions or your thinking are impaired upon ingesting Dilantin, do not drive or do anything dangerous before you are feeling alright again.
Side effects of Dilantin
There are two types of Dilantin side effects, the serious ones and the less serious ones. The more serious ones are extremely rare and it is highly unlikely your generic Dilantin treatment is going to result n any of those. However if you experience any of the following, make sure you talk to your doctor at once: swollen gums or glands, easy bleeding and/or bruising, skin rash of any kind, fever, sore throat, blistering headaches, confusion, unusual behavior or thoughts, hallucinations, slurred speech, tremors, loss of coordination or balance, restless muscle movements, urinating more, extreme hunger or thirst, jaundice, loss of appetite, dark urine, changes to the shape of your lips or face. Some less serious Dilantin side effects are more common, but this does not mean that you will experience these either: itching, sleep problems, nervousness, dizziness, constipation, nausea, vomiting, joint pains and headaches.
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