DILANTIN 100mg Capsule 100's

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Drug Information for DILANTIN 100mg Capsule 100's

What is DILANTIN 100mg Capsule used for?

DILANTIN 100mg Capsule 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

DILANTIN 100mg Capsule may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does DILANTIN 100mg Capsule work?

DILANTIN 100mg Capsule 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 DILANTIN 100mg Capsule?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take DILANTIN 100mg Capsule 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 DILANTIN 100mg Capsule, 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 DILANTIN 100mg Capsule?

Drugs that interact with DILANTIN 100mg Capsule include the following:

  • Acetaminophen
  • Aspirin
  • Atazanavir
  • Deflazacort
  • Estradiol
  • Fentanyl
  • Guaifenesin
  • Hydrocodone
  • Lidocaine
  • Propoxyphene

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 DILANTIN 100mg Capsule?

The following are the most common side effects of DILANTIN 100mg Capsule:

  • 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
  • Nervousness
  • 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 DILANTIN 100mg Capsule?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to DILANTIN 100mg Capsule or similar drugs.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if DILANTIN 100mg Capsule causes dizziness or blurred vision.
  • Consult the doctor before taking any other drug along with DILANTIN 100mg Capsule.
  • Avoid calcium-containing foods while using DILANTIN 100mg Capsule, 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 DILANTIN 100mg Capsule 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 DILANTIN 100mg Capsule?

  • 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 DILANTIN 100mg Capsule

  1. What are the available formulations of DILANTIN 100mg Capsule?
  2. DILANTIN 100mg Capsule is available as an injectable solution, tablet, chewable tablet, capsule, oral suspension and compounding powder.

  3. What is the overdose symptoms of DILANTIN 100mg Capsule?
  4. Overdose of DILANTIN 100mg Capsule include mood changes, severe drowsiness, loss of consciousness and slow breathing. Consult your doctor if you experience any of the above symptoms.

  5. What are the contraindications of DILANTIN 100mg Capsule?
  6. Contraindications of DILANTIN 100mg Capsule include thyroid problems, diabetes, alcohol intoxication, decreased platelets, and heart attack.

  7. Can I use DILANTIN 100mg Capsule during breastfeeding?
  8. No, DILANTIN 100mg Capsule must not be used during breastfeeding as it passes into the breast milk and can harm the baby.

  9. Can I stop using DILANTIN 100mg Capsule if I feel better?
  10. 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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