Dilantin is an anticonvulsant drug that controls seizures by slowing certain impulses in the brain.
Always follow your doctor’s instructions and use Dilantin exactly as prescribed.
Talk to your doctor if you become pregnant. Do not discontinue Dilantin without your doctor’s guidance.
Dilantin may cause thoughts of suicide.
Patients of Asian ancestry have a higher risk of developing a skin reaction, and may need blood tests to assess this risk.
Before taking Dilantin, inform your doctor if you have any of the following:
Common side effects of Dilantin include:
Contact your doctor if you experience these more serious side effects:
Can I drink alcohol while taking Dilantin?
Alcohol should be avoided while you’re taking Dilantin. Drinking can cause an increase in blood levels of the medication, and might increase your risk of side effects. If you drink alcohol regularly while on Dilantin, the medication may actually become less effective, leading to a higher risk of seizures.
Should I stop taking Dilantin if I become pregnant?
Talk to your doctor immediately. Don’t stop taking Dilantin unless your doctor advises you to. This medication could harm an unborn baby, but having seizures during pregnancy is also dangerous. Your doctor will assess your condition if you become pregnant.