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What is Phenytoin Sodium used for?
Phenytoin Sodium is used for the treatment of the following conditions:
- Tonic-Clonic seizures
- Partial seizures
- Absence seizures
- Seizures associated with neurosurgery
- Status epilepticus
- Neuropathic pain
- Cardiac glycoside intoxication
- Cardiac arrhythmias
Phenytoin Sodium may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.
How does Phenytoin Sodium work?
Phenytoin Sodium belongs to the class of drugs called anti-convulsants. This drug acts by blocking the voltage-gated sodium channels. This stops the repetitive firing of action potential, which results in stabilization and reduced propagation of impulses in the brain.
How to take Phenytoin Sodium?
The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Phenytoin Sodium as prescribed by your doctor.
Swallow the tablet/capsule whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet/capsule. Take the drug with or without food. However, taking the drug with food prevents stomach upset.
If you miss a dose of Phenytoin Sodium, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed dose.
What are the drugs that interact with Phenytoin Sodium?
Drugs that interact with Phenytoin Sodium include the following:
This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.
What are the side effects of Phenytoin Sodium?
The following are the most common side effects of Phenytoin Sodium:
- Trouble sleeping
- Uncontrolled eye movements
- Swelling of mouth and lips
The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:
- Decreased coordination
- Mental confusion
- Slurred speech
- Trouble speaking
- Abdominal pain
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.
What special precautions should be followed while taking Phenytoin sodium?
- Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Phenytoin Sodium or similar drugs.
- Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Phenytoin Sodium causes dizziness or blurred vision.
- Consult the doctor before taking any other drug along with Phenytoin Sodium.
- Avoid calcium-containing foods while using Phenytoin Sodium, as it may decrease the absorption of the drug.
- Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
You are advised not to take Phenytoin Sodium if
- it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
- the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.
What should you tell your doctor before taking Phenytoin Sodium?
- Tell your doctor if you have any history of neurologic disorder, heart diseases, kidney and liver diseases.
- Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.
- Notify the doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Frequently asked questions about Phenytoin Sodium
- What are the available formulations of Phenytoin Sodium?
- What is the overdose symptoms of Phenytoin Sodium?
- What are the contraindications of Phenytoin Sodium?
- Can I use Phenytoin Sodium during breastfeeding?
- Can I stop using Phenytoin Sodium if I feel better?
Phenytoin Sodium is available as an injectable solution, tablet, chewable tablet, capsule, oral suspension and compounding powder.
Overdose of Phenytoin Sodium include mood changes, severe drowsiness, loss of consciousness and slow breathing. Consult your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.
Contraindications of Phenytoin Sodium include thyroid problems, diabetes, alcohol intoxication, decreased platelets, and heart attack.
No, Phenytoin Sodium must not be used during breastfeeding as it passes into the breast milk and can harm the baby.
No, do not stop the drug abruptly unless recommended by the doctor. The dose of the drug should be gradually reduced before discontinuing it.
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