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Side effects of Phenytoin

My husband has been on Phenytoin for thirty years, he says that he constantly feels heady. Itis difficult to describe this but here is a sensation of pressure across the front of his head and face,it also a sensation of heaviness and fogginess...
by Anonymous in United Kingdom, 07/24/2006

Drug dosage

If you are on 100mg of phenytoin twice daily, reducing dose of 50mg per week and are taking lamictal as adjuvant therapy of 75mg once daily,to be increased by 25mg per week, how high should the dosage of lamictal increase so that the phenytoin can be ...
by Jennifer Flahavan in Ireland, 06/21/2006

Can injection form be given via dubhoff tube for oral ingestion?

Hi, We have an end stage pancreatic CA pt with a dubhoff tube. Dilantin susp is clogging. Tube was removed and they're trying to re-insert. Pt is currently on 100mg phenytoin IV q8h & ativan for siezures. She is to discharged to hospice or home and an...
by Pam in Raleigh,NC, 03/29/2006

Phenytoin action on PCV Chemotherapy drugs for Low Grade Glioma

Does any evidence exist that suggests that Phenytoin (or Carbamazepine )affects adversely, the action of the PCV drugs (Vincristine, CCNU or Procarbazine) used to treat Low Grade Glioma (eg Oligodendroglioma)? Thanks for your response.
by Graeme Whatmough in Cronulla, Sydney Australia, 12/14/2005


Phenytoin (Dilantin)
Diphenylhydantoin (Dilantin)
( FEN-ih-toyn, dye- fen-ill-hy- DAN-toyn)
Pregnancy Category: C Dilantin Infatab Dilantin-125 Novo-Phenytoin Tremytoine (Rx)
Phenytoin sodium, extended
Phenytoin sodium, extended (Dilantin Kapseals)
Phenytoin sodium
( FEN-ih-toyn)
Pregnancy Category: C Dilantin Kapseals (Rx)
Phenytoin sodium, parenteral
Phenytoin sodium, parenteral (Dilantin Sodium)
Phenytoin sodium
( FEN-ih-toyn)
Pregnancy Category: C Dilantin Sodium (Rx)
Phenytoin sodium prompt
Phenytoin sodium prompt (Diphenylan Sodium)
Phenytoin sodium
( FEN-ih-toyn)
Pregnancy Category: C Diphenylan Sodium (Rx)

Classification: Anticonvulsant, hydantoin type; antiarrhythmic (type I)

See Also: See also Anticonvulsants and Antiarrhythmic Agents .

Action/Kinetics: Acts in the motor cortex of the brain to reduce the spread of electrical discharges from the rapidly firing epileptic foci in this area. This is accomplished by stabilizing hyperexcitable cells possibly by affecting sodium efflux. Also, phenytoin decreases activity of centers in the brain stem responsible for the tonic phase of grand mal seizures. Has few sedative effects.
Monitor serum levels because the serum concentrations of phenytoin increase disproportionately as the dosage is increased. Phenytoin extended is designed for once-a-day dosage. It has a slow dissolution rate--no more than 35% in 30 min, 30%-70% in 60 min, and less than 85% in 120 min. Absorption is variable following PO dosage. Peak serum levels: PO, 4-8 hr. Since the rate and extent of absorption depend on the particular preparation, the same product should be used for a particular client. Peak serum levels (following IM): 24 hr (wide variation). Therapeutic serum levels: 5-20 mcg/mL. t 1/2: 8-60 hr (average: 20-30 hr). Steady state: 7-10 days after initiation. Biotransformed in the liver. Both inactive metabolites and unchanged drug are excreted in the urine. 
As an antiarrhythmic, phenytoin increases the electrical stimulation threshold of heart muscle, although it is less effective than quinidine, procainamide, or lidocaine. Onset: 30-60 min. Duration: 24 hr or more. t 1/2: 22-36 hr. Therapeutic serum level: 10-20 mcg/mL.

Uses: Chronic epilepsy, especially of the tonic-clonic, psychomotor type. Not effective against absence seizures and may even increase the frequency of seizures in this disorder. Parenteral phenytoin is sometimes used to treat status epilepticus and to control seizures during neurosurgery.
PO for certain PVCs and IV for PVCs and tachycardia. Particularly useful for arrhythmias produced by digitalis overdosage.
Investigational: Paroxysmal choreoathetosis; to treat blistering and erosions in clients with recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa; episodic dyscontrol; trigeminal neuralgia; as a muscle relaxant in neuromyotonia, myotonia congenita, or myotonic muscular dystrophy; to treat cardiac symptoms in overdosage of tricyclic antidepressants. Severe preeclampsia.

Contraindications: Hypersensitivity to hydantoins, exfoliative dermatitis, sinus bradycardia, second- and third-degree AV block, clients with Adams-Stokes syndrome, SA block. Lactation.

Special Concerns: Use with caution in acute, intermittent porphyria. Administer with extreme caution to clients with a history of asthma or other allergies, impaired renal or hepatic function, and heart disease (hypotension, severe myocardial insufficiency). Abrupt withdrawal may cause status epilepticus. Combined drug therapy is required if petit mal seizures are also present.

Side Effects: CNS: Most commonly, drowsiness, ataxia, dysarthria, confusion, insomnia, nervousness, irritability, depression, tremor, numbness, headache, psychoses, increased seizures. Choreoathetosis following IV use. GI: Gingival hyperplasia, N&V, either diarrhea or constipation. Dermatologic: Various dermatoses including a measles-like rash (common), scarlatiniform, maculopapular, and urticarial rashes. Rarely, drug-induced lupus erythematosus, Stevens-Johnson syndrome exfoliative or purpuric dermatitis, and toxic epidermal necrolysis. Alopecia, hirsutism. Skin reactions may necessitate withdrawal of therapy. Hematopoietic: Leukopenia, granulocytopenia, thrombocytopenia, pancytopenia, agranulocytosis macrocytosis, megaloblastic anemia, leukocytosis, monocytosis, eosinophilia, simple anemia, aplastic anemia, hemolytic anemia. Hepatic: Liver damage, toxic hepatitis, hypersensitivity reactions involving the liver including hepatocellular degeneration and fatal hepatocellular necrosis. Ophthalmic: Diplopia, nystagmus, conjunctivitis. Miscellaneous: Hyperglycemia, chest pain, edema, fever, photophobia, weight gain, pulmonary fibrosis lymph node hyperplasia, gynecomastia, periarteritis nodosa, depression of IgA, soft tissue injury at injection site, coarsening of facial features, Peyronie's disease, enlarged lips.
Rapid parenteral administration may cause serious CV effects, including hypotension, arrhythmias, CV collapse, and heart block, as well as CNS depression.
Many clients have a partial deficiency in the ability of the liver to degrade phenytoin, and as a result, toxicity may develop after a small PO dose. Liver and kidney function tests and hematopoietic studies are indicated prior to and periodically during drug therapy.

Laboratory Test Alterations: Alters LFTs, blood glucose values, and PBI values. Gamma globulins. Phenytoin immunoglobulins A and G. False + Coombs' test.

Overdose Management: Symptoms: Initially, ataxia, dysarthria, and nystagmus followed by unresponsive pupils, hypotension, and coma. Plasma levels greater than 40 mcg/mL result in significant decreases in mental capacity. Treatment: Treat symptoms. Hemodialysis may be effective. In children, total-exchange transfusion has been used.

Drug Interactions: Acetaminophen / Acetaminophen effect R/T liver breakdown; hepatotoxicity may Alcohol, ethyl / Phenytoin effect in alcoholics R/T liver breakdown Allopurinol / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Amiodarone / Phenytoin or amiodarone effect R/T liver breakdown Antacids / Phenytoin effect R/T GI absorption Anticoagulants, oral / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown. Also, possible anticoagulant effect R/T plasma protein binding Antidepressants, tricyclic / Risk of epileptic seizures or phenytoin effect by plasma protein binding Barbiturates / Phenytoin effect may be , , or not changed; possible effect of barbiturates Benzodiazepines / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Carbamazepine / Phenytoin or cabamazepine effect R/T liver breakdown Charcoal / Phenytoin effect R/T absorption from GI tract Chloramphenicol / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Chlorpheniramine / Phenytoin effect Cimetidine / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Clonazepam / Plasma levels of clonazepam or phenytoin; risk of phenytoin toxicity Contraceptives, oral / Estrogen-induced fluid retention may precipitate seizures; also, effect of contraceptives R/T liver breakdown Corticosteroids / Corticosteroid effect R/T liver breakdown; also, corticosteroids may mask hypersensitivity reactions due to phenytoin Cyclosporine / Cyclosporine effect R/T liver breakdown Diazoxide / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Dicumarol / Dicumarol effect R/T liver breakdown Digitalis glycosides / Digitalis effect R/T liver breakdown Disopyramide / Disopyramide effect R/T liver breakdown Disulfiram / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Dopamine / IV phenytoin hypotension and bradycardia; also, dopamine effect Doxycycline / Doxycycline effect R/T liver breakdown Estrogens / See Contraceptives, oral Fluconazole / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Folic acid / Phenytoin effect Furosemide / Furosemide effect R/T absorption Haloperidol / Haloperidol effect R/T liver breakdown Ibuprofen / Phenytoin effect Isoniazid / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Levodopa / Levodopa effect Levonorgestrel / Levonorgestrel effect Lithium / Risk of lithium toxicity Loxapine / Phenytoin effect Mebendazole / Mebendazole effect Meperidine / Meperidine effect R/T liver breakdown; toxic effects of meperidine may due to accumulation of active metabolite (normeperidine) Methadone / Methadone effect R/T liver breakdown Metronidazole / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Metyrapone / Metyrapone effect R/T liver breakdown Mexiletine / Mexiletine effect R/T liver breakdown Miconazole / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Milk thistle/ Helps prevent liver damage from phenytoin Nitrofurantoin / Phenytoin effect Omeprazole / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Phenothiazines / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Primidone / Possible primidone effect Pyridoxine / Phenytoin effect Quinidine / Quinidine effect R/T liver breakdown Rifampin / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Salicylates / Phenytoin effect R/T plasma protein binding Sucralfate / Phenytoin effect R/T absorption from GI tract Sulfonamides / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Sulfonylureas / Sulfonylurea effect Theophylline / Effect of both drugs R/T liver breakdown Trimethoprim / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown Valproic acid / Phenytoin effect R/T liver breakdown and plasma protein binding; phenytoin may also effect of valproic acid R/T liver breakdown

How Supplied: Phenytoin: Chew Tablet: 50 mg; Suspension: 100 mg/4 mL, 125 mg/5 mL; Phenytoin sodium, extended: Capsule, Extended Release: 30 mg, 100 mg; Phenytoin sodium, parenteral: Injection: 50 mg/mL; Phenytoin sodium prompt: Capsule: 100 mg

?Oral Suspension, Chewable Tablets Seizures.
Adults, initial: 100 mg (125 mg of the suspension) t.i.d.; adjust dosage at 7- to 10-day intervals until seizures are controlled; usual, maintenance: 300-400 mg/day, although 600 mg/day (625 mg of the suspension) may be required in some. Pediatric, initial: 5 mg/kg/day in two to three divided doses; maintenance, 4-8 mg/kg (up to maximum of 300 mg/day). Children over 6 years may require up to 300 mg/day. Geriatric: 3 mg/kg initially in divided doses; then, adjust dosage according to serum levels and response. Once dosage level has been established, the extended capsules may be used for once-a-day dosage.
?Capsules, Extended-Release Capsules Seizures.
Adults, initial: 100 mg t.i.d.; adjust dose at 7- to 10-day intervals until control is achieved. An initial loading dose of 12-15 mg/kg divided into two to three doses over 6 hr followed by 100 mg t.i.d. on subsequent days may be preferred if seizures are frequent. Pediatric: See dose for Oral Suspension and Chewable Tablets.
Adults: 200-400 mg/day.
?IV Status epilepticus.
Adults, loading dose: 10-15 mg/kg at a rate not to exceed 50 mg/min; then, 100 mg PO or IV q 6-8 hr. Pediatric, loading dose: 15-20 mg/kg in divided doses of 5-10 mg/kg given at a rate of 1-3 mg/kg/min.
Adults: 100 mg q 5 min up to maximum of 1 g.
Dose should be 50% greater than the PO dose.
100-200 mg q 4 hr during and after surgery (during first 24 hr, administer no more than 1,000 mg; after first day, give maintenance dosage).

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spel boy, rochester,n.y. - 03/30/2012

iits difficult to find a way between 425 and 450,425 no symptoms but goes to low for me causing seizures,450 keeps seizures away but gives the side seems if you have this problem your screwed.blued,and tatooed.