Has anyone ever had any type of tissue damage caused from a Dilantin Push? I have a very close friend who suffers from epilepsy and she says that everytime she has a seizure and she has to go to the emergency room and they do a dilantin push she has like swelling in her arm and like tissue damage and she did not know if it was just her or if anyone else has had this problem before. If someone could please help me out.
I have not heard of the damage you mentioned, but I do know from my experience that IV Valium or Ativan are used a lot if a person is in status. Push refers to giving the med IV, in the vein. If they are not good at sticking the vein, you can get bruises from the veins bleeding under the skin. Is this what you mean?Tattoo
Thank you for your reply. What she is talking about is when they gave her the dilantin in her IV they iced her arm down due to it burning when they gave it to her and she said they the dilantin actually burnt tissue where the Dilantin was given to her in the IV. She says it happened 6 months ago and she still cannot feel parts of her arm where the IV was when they gave her the Dlantin. She said that it was from the dilantin not from the IV. She is just wondering if anyone has ever had this happen to them.
I just returned from a four day "in stat" ordeal in the hospital. My left arm is all swollen and bruised from the IV drugs they pushed. I know they used dilantin and valium, but not sure which caused the bruising etc. I hope this helps. Kathy
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This probably wont help but this is my experiance. I was in the ER a couple of weeks ago for a bad seizure and they did a dilantin push in my left arm and i didnt get any swelling or bruising at all. It did make me itch real bad all over my body though(and feel really drunk which i didnt like which is why i dont drink). The pharmasist said i might be allegic to it but i started taking the pill form and it doesnt seem to bother me other than making me feel a little drunk which is starting to go away, YEAH!.
Thank you for your reply. Maybe she has had so many problems and it just gets to her sometimes and i try to find out all i can so i can understand what she is going through so all of the responses i get the better. She already takes the pill form but when they admitted her in the hospital due to a seizure paralyzing her they did the Dilantin Push.
I just want to add that it is possible to go through the vein completely and out the other side when attempting to do an IV stick. If that were to happen and a med pushed, the med would go directly into the tissues instead of the vessel. That could cause the irritation you are speaking about. If the med has that potential to be very irritating to the tissues, it is possible that tissue damage could occur. There are reasons why some meds are not given in the muscle but are given in the vein instead. That is one of them. Tattoo
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Thank you very much i think that both of your responses will help her and if i need anythinge else i will e-mail you fiona. It is nice to know i can come here for help for my friend who means alot to me.
Had an IV push before surgery (5/99). The dilantin literally "burned" its way up the vein,(and it felt as if my arm was on fire). The staff had to gave me a piggy back morphine drip. The vein is collapsed and you can see it and the IV entry point still.