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Read information about Dilantin below to learn about its common uses. If you have questions about this medicine, please consult with your doctor or pharmacist and be sure to inform them of all the medications you are currently taking.
- Use this medicine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- This medicine comes with an extra patient information sheet called a Medication Guide. Read it carefully. Read it again each time you get this medicine refilled.
- Take this medicine by mouth with or without food. If stomach upset occurs, take with food to reduce stomach irritation.
- You may either swallow this medicine whole or chew it well before swallowing.
- If you take a calcium product (eg, certain antacids), colesevelam, or molindone, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to take it with this medicine.
- Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. You may have an increased risk of seizures if you stop taking it. If you need to stop this medicine, your doctor will gradually lower your dose.
- Continue to take this medicine even if you feel well. Do not miss any doses.
- Taking this medicine at the same time each day will help you remember to take it.
- If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
- Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use this medicine.
- All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects.
- Constipation; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; mild nervousness; nausea; trouble sleeping; vomiting.
- Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing or swallowing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, eyes, face, lips, or tongue); bone pain; burning, numbness, or tingling; butterfly-shaped rash on the face; chest pain; clumsiness or unsteadiness; confusion; delirium; new or worsening mental or mood changes (eg, agitation, anxiety, behavior changes, depression, irritability, panic attacks, restlessness, suicidal thoughts or attempts); new or worsening seizures; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; severe muscle pain; severe or persistent trouble sleeping; signs of infection (eg, chills, fever, sore throat); slurred speech; sores in the mouth or around the eyes; swollen lymph nodes; swollen or tender gums; symptoms of liver problems (eg, dark urine, loss of appetite, pale stools, stomach pain, yellowing of the skin or eyes); tremor; trouble walking; unusual bruising or bleeding; unusual eye movements; unusual muscle movements; unusual tiredness or weakness.
- This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch