I want to know if I can get off the medicine I haven't had a seizure in 8 years .
31 May 2011
Hi, yes it is possible to stop taking phenytoin. I found this information guide which hopefully will help you. Good luck
Call your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication on your own. Your doctor will be able to give you a schedule to gradually decrease your dosage of phenytoin, which should prevent any withdrawal symptoms or adverse reactions.
Follow your doctor's instructions. Your doctor may recommend quickly reducing your dosage or he may take a more gradual approach. This will depend on a variety of factors such as the dosage that you have been taking and the severity of your condition. For example, you may be required to split your dose in half for two weeks before dividing it in half again for another two weeks, repeating the process until you are off of the medication entirely.
Be prepared for possible adverse reactions. Your seizures may return, increase or worsen as you stop this medication. Additionally, our doctor may want you to monitor your blood sugar, particularly if you are diabetic, since phenytoin can affect your blood sugar levels (most notably when you are either starting or stopping the medication).
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