DILANTIN - phenytoin sodium capsule, extended release
Physicians Total Care, Inc.
DILANTIN (Dī lan' tĭn)
Extended Oral Capsules (30 mg and 100mg)
Read the Medication Guide before you or your family member start taking DILANTIN and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking to your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. If you have any questions about DILANTIN, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
What is the most important information I should know about DILANTIN?
DILANTIN may cause rare but serious, even life-threatening, allergic reactions.
Contact your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms after taking DILANTIN:
Like other antiepileptic drugs, DILANTIN, may cause suicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number of people, about 1 in 500.
Call a healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
If you have suicidal thoughts or actions, do not stop DILANTIN without first talking to your healthcare provider.
How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
Do not stop taking DILANTIN without first talking to your healthcare provider. Stopping DILANTIN suddenly can increase the possibility of side effects including increased seizure frequency.
Use of DILANTIN during pregnancy may increase the risks of birth defects (deformed babies) or may increase seizure frequency in the mother. You should not take DILANTIN if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant unless instructed to do so by your healthcare provider.
What else do I need to know about DILANTIN?
Many drugs (including alcohol) can either increase or decrease your DILANTIN level, which can interfere with your optimum dosage. It is recommended that you avoid drinking alcoholic beverages while taking DILANTIN. It is very important to discuss all of your medications with your healthcare provider .DILANTIN may alter the results of some laboratory tests. If you require laboratory tests, you should remind your healthcare provider that you are taking DILANTIN.
It is important to practice good dental hygiene while taking DILANTIN to minimize the development of gingival hyperplasia (excessive formation of the gums over the teeth) and its complications.
Your blood may need to be tested regularly to make sure that you are taking the correct dose of DILANTIN.
What is DILANTIN?
DILANTIN is a prescription medicine used alone or with other medications to treat different types of seizures in people. DILANTIN may also be used for the prevention and treatment of seizures occurring during or following brain surgery. DILANTIN belongs to a class of prescription medicines called anticonvulsants or anti-seizure medications and affects abnormal chemical activity in the brain that may be involved in causing seizures.
DILANTIN is not effective for the treatment of seizures due to hypoglycemic or other metabolic causes. It is also not effective for absence (petit mal) seizures.
Who should not take DILANTIN?
Do not take DILANTIN if you are allergic or hypersensitive to any of its ingredients. The active ingredient is phenytoin. See the section "What are the ingredients in DILANTIN?" at the end of this guide for a complete list of ingredients.
Do not take DILANTIN if you have had an allergic reaction to other medications, including other anti-seizure medications.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before taking DILANTIN?
Before starting DILANTIN, tell your healthcare provider about all medications you take (including prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and herbal medicines) and tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
How should I take DILANTIN?
An overdose of DILANTIN can be fatal. If you suspect an overdose, seek medical attention immediately.
What should I avoid while taking DILANTIN?
You should avoid consuming alcoholic beverages while taking DILANTIN without first talking to your healthcare provider. "See what else do I need to know about DILANTIN?"
What are the possible side effects of DILANTIN?
DILANTIN can cause rare but serious skin allergic reactions which can be fatal. Tell your healthcare provider and seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following symptoms after taking DILANTIN.
If any of the common side effects listed below become serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this Medication Guide, please tell your healthcare provider or pharmacist.
The most common side effects are:
Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of DILANTIN. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store DILANTIN?
General information about DILANTIN
Do not use DILANTIN for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give DILANTIN to other people, even if they have the same condition. It may harm them.
This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about DILANTIN. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about DILANTIN that was written for healthcare professionals. For more information about DILANTIN, visit http://www.pfizer.com
What are the ingredients in DILANTIN?
Dilantin 100mg: Each capsule contains a white powder. The medium orange cap has "PD" imprinted in black ink and the white, opaque body has "DILANTIN" over "100 mg" printed in black ink.
Active ingredient: 100 mg phenytoin sodium
Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, confectioner's sugar, talc, and magnesium stearate. The capsule body contains titanium dioxide and gelatin. The capsule cap contains FD&C red No. 28, FD&C yellow No. 6, and gelatin.
Dilantin 30mg: Each capsule contains a white powder. The small pale pink opaque cap has "PD" imprinted in black ink and the white, opaque body has "Dilantin 30 mg" printed in black ink.
Active ingredient: 30 mg phenytoin sodium
Inactive ingredients: lactose monohydrate, confectioner's sugar, talc, and magnesium stearate. The capsule shell cap and body contain Titanium Dioxide (cap and body); gelatin (cap and body); D&C yellow No. 10 (cap); FD&C red No. 3 (cap).
This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.