Phenytoin Sodium 100 mg Tab.
Phenytoin Sodium 100 mg
Phenytoin sodium is an antiepileptic drug indicated to control seizures or fits by decreasing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain. The drug can be intravenously injected or orally consumed in the form of tablets. It is useful in the prevention of tonic-clonic seizures (also known as grand mal seizures) and focal seizures, but not absence seizures. Phenytoin works by altering the sodium channels present in the brain that are responsible for inducing seizures of a different kind. The phenytoin sodium tablets are not for self-medication and should only be taken when prescribed by a doctor.
Before taking the tablets, carefully read all the instructions given in the manual. Inform your doctor if you are allergic to phenytoin or similar drugs. The dosage should be unique to each patient as there is wide inter-patient variability in the usage of phenytoin. The drug should be introduced in smaller dosages with gradual increments over time. Phenytoin is a potent drug that elicits moderate to severe side effects in its users. Some common side effects are headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, etc.
You should not use phenytoin if you are allergic to it or has a history of certain health conditions. Be wary if you are or have ever been a patient of the health conditions given below:
Phenytoin sodium tablets are used to treat a myriad of neuropsychiatric conditions. The common indications of phenytoin sodium tablets are given following:
The usage of phenytoin can induce a wide range of side effects in its users. Usually, the side effects may resolve over time and do not require medical attention. However, if the side effects persist or worsen with time, immediately seek medical attention. The list of side effects is given below:
Sometimes taking two drugs at the same time can elicit an unpleasant reaction. Hence, it is advised to consult a doctor and inform him of all the medications you are currently on and ascertain all the possible scenarios of a drug interaction.
Interactions with Medicines:
On average, Phenytoin may stay in your system for 5-6 days. This duration varies from person to person. In some cases, it may stay for about 9-10 days.
The most common side effects related to Phenytoin in children are jerky movements of the eyes (nystagmus) and overgrowth of the gums.
Phenytoin does affect birth control. Phenytoin can decrease the effect of oral contraceptives (birth control pills) which can make the contraceptive (birth control) effect unreliable.