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Posted by Maria on November 24, 1999 at 14:30:05:

In Reply to: Re: Dilantin levels posted by Jennifer on October 27, 1999 at 08:16:14:

Hi there-

I take 600-700 mg. of Dilantin per day. In order for me to feel really great, my blood level needs to be about 17. I encourage you to exercise regularly and drink PLENTY of water per day to help with side effects. I am also very careful about taking great care of my teeth and gums. Be sure to floss daily.

Regards,
Maria


: : I understand the therapeutic dose of Dilantin to be between 10 and 20. I need to keep my dose near 10 because of bad side effects. I realize I'm walking a fine line. Are there things besides alcohol, stimulants and lack of sleep I need to worry about? Anything that might give me added protection? Taurine?
: : Thanks.

: : Rick

: Unless you have experienced bad side effects at hire levels, you may not have worry about how high your levels go. I got concerned when my doctor started perscribing dosages of more than 300mg/day, but he said he didn't care how high my levels got as long as I could tolerate the dosage. He said he had patients on 5 or 6 dilantin a day, but I was only able to tolerate 400mg a day before nasty things began to happen. Eight hours sleep and no alcohol are very important no matter which epilepsy medication you are on.


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