phenytoin, Dilantin, Dilantin Infatabs, Phenytek, Phenytoin Infatabs

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GENERIC NAME: phenytoin

BRAND NAME: Dilantin, Dilantin Infatabs, Phenytek, Phenytoin Infatabs


DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: Phenytoin is an oral and injectable anti-seizure medication first synthesized in 1908. The exact mechanism of action is not known, Phenytoin may work by reducing the sensitivity of nerves in the brain to excessive stimulation and reducing transmission of impulses between nerves. Phenytoin was originally approved by the FDA in 1939.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Phenytoin is an anti-seizure medication (anticonvulsant) used for preventing or treating generalized tonic-clonic (grand mal) seizures, complex partial seizures (psychomotor seizures), and seizures occurring during or after neurosurgery. It may be used alone or with phenobarbital or other anticonvulsants.

SIDE EFFECTS: Many adverse effects can occur during phenytoin therapy including:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/28/2015

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