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Dilantin Toxicity

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 4, 2024.

What is Dilantin toxicity?

Dilantin, or phenytoin, toxicity happens when you have high levels of Dilantin in your body that become harmful. Dilantin is a medicine that is used to prevent and treat seizures. Dilantin toxicity can lead to a coma.

What increases my risk for Dilantin toxicity?

Your risk of Dilantin toxicity is higher if you are elderly. Your risk is increased if your dose is increased or you take other medicines that affect the way Dilantin works. Examples include other medicines used to treat seizures and some antibiotics. Other examples include certain medicines used to treat arrhythmias (abnormal heart rhythms), alcoholism, ulcers, and tuberculosis.

What are the symptoms of Dilantin toxicity?

How do I safely take Dilantin?

What else should I do while I am taking Dilantin?

Wear medical alert jewelry or carry a card that says you take Dilantin. Ask where to get these items.

Medical Alert Jewelry

What should I do if I think I or someone I know took too much Dilantin?

Call the Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 immediately.

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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