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Dilantin Infatab is an oral medication used to prevent and control seizures. The active ingredient in Dilantin is phenytoin, which belongs to a class of drugs called anticonvulsants. It works by slowing down impulses in the brain that cause seizures.
Use and Dosage
Dilantin Infatabs comes in the form of chewable scored tablets to take orally by mouth usually 2 or 3 times a day. It can be swallowed either by chewing it thoroughly before swallowing or by swallowing it whole, depending on your preference.
Do not open, crush, or chew the tablet. You can take it with or without food but take it at the same time each day. Take the tablet with food if stomach upset occurs. Take it with a full glass of water unless your doctor directs you otherwise.
The recommended starting dosage for adults may need to be adjusted based on your response to the medication and on your individual medical condition. Speak with your healthcare provider for specific dosing instructions. Additionally, store Dilantin Infatab Chewable at room temperature between uses.
If you miss a dose of the tablet, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is already time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
Common Side Effects of Dilantin Infatab Chewable (Phenytoin):
- Feeling of spinning
- Nervousness may occur
- Trouble sleeping
Serious Side Effects of Dilantin Infatab Chewable (Phenytoin):
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal
- Feeling confused
- Unable to control eye movements
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like: rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Slurred speech
- Swollen or sore gums
- Trouble controlling body movements, twitching, change in balance, or trouble swallowing or speaking
- Trouble walking
- Very bad muscle pain
Forms and Strength
Dilantin Infatab Chewable (Phenytoin) is available in the following forms and strength:
Dilantin Infatab Chewable: Scored Tablet (Chewable)
- Allergic reactions: Dilantin Infatabs may cause an allergic reaction in some individuals. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, or difficulty breathing.
- Liver or kidney problems: Dilantin Infatabs may be harmful to individuals with pre-existing liver or kidney problems. Dilantin Infatabs should be used with caution in these patients.
- Heart problems: Dilantin Infatabs may cause changes in heart rhythms, especially in patients with pre-existing heart problems. Dilantin Infatabs should be used with caution in patients with heart problems.
- Pregnancy and breastfeeding: Dilantin Infatabs may harm a developing fetus or nursing baby. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should speak with their doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Dilantin Infatabs.
- Drug interactions: Dilantin Infatabs may interact with other medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal supplements. Patients should speak with their doctor about all medications they are taking before taking Dilantin Infatabs.
- Blood sugar levels: Dilantin Infatabs may affect blood sugar levels, which may be problematic for individuals with diabetes. Dilantin Infatabs should be used with caution in these patients, and blood sugar levels should be monitored regularly.
- Mental health issues: Dilantin Infatabs may cause or worsen psychiatric symptoms, such as depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts. Patients should be monitored for any changes in mood or behavior while taking Dilantin Infatabs.
- Bone health: Long-term use of Dilantin Infatabs may lead to decreased bone density and an increased risk of fractures. Patients should speak with their doctor about ways to maintain bone health while taking Dilantin Infatabs.
- Substance abuse: Dilantin Infatabs have the potential for abuse, especially in individuals with a history of substance abuse or addiction. Patients should use Dilantin Infatabs only as directed by their doctor and avoid taking more than the prescribed dose.
- Elderly patients: Elderly patients may be more sensitive to the effects of Dilantin Infatabs and may experience more side effects. Dilantin Infatabs should be used with caution in elderly patients.
- Lab tests: Dilantin Infatabs may cause false positive or false negative results in certain lab tests. Patients should inform their doctor or lab technician that they are taking Dilantin Infatabs before undergoing any lab tests.
- Withdrawal symptoms: Sudden discontinuation of Dilantin Infatabs may cause withdrawal symptoms, such as seizures, anxiety, or insomnia. Patients should not stop taking Dilantin Infatabs without speaking with their doctor first.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Dilantin Infatab interact with other medications?
Yes, Dilantin Infatab may interact with other medications, including prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, and herbal supplements. Patients should speak with their doctor about all medications they are taking before taking Dilantin Infatab.
Is Dilantin Infatab safe to use during pregnancy and breastfeeding?
Dilantin Infatab may harm a developing fetus or nursing baby. Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should speak with their doctor about the risks and benefits of taking Dilantin Infatabs.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Dilantin Infatab Chewable?
If you miss a dose of Dilantin Infatab Chewable, take it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule.
It's important to purchase Dilantin Infatab Chewable from verified Canadian pharmacy.