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I'm looking for any input on whether or not there is a difference between dilantin and it's generic phenytoin.
The physical difference in the capsules is that the medicine inside is...
Dilantin is in powder form, Phenytin has a small solid pill inside.
Obviously the generic is less expensive but, still made to FDA standards. Non-medicine ingredients may be different.

I've only taken the Phenytoin, but I've heard that some people need the Dilantin to keep seizures under control. The amount of each needed to keep seizures under control may be different as well. Everyone reacts differently to each one. It either works or it doesn't.

I don't know if side effects are different.
I've been on dilantin for almost 6 yrs. I take 600 mg a day. It has kept the seizures pretty much under control. I have partials in my right foot, but, other than feeling irrational fear, they aren't so bad b/c I remain conscious. They happen only when I am sleeping; they wake me. I wake with a partial never knowing when it's going to become a full blown. While they don't happen often anymore, when they do it's bad. In Feb of this year I switched to phenytoin, to save a little money. I hadn't had a full blown seizure in 3 yrs. I had 1 in April and 2 this month. I'm switching back to dilantin hoping that is the reason they are happening again.
Thanks Travis from MN...
My side effects could be from phenytoin or diovan (BP med.).
I've gained at least 30+ pounds since 2001. I do blame some of it on lack of exercise. Occasional nite indigestion.
The bottom of my feet hurt, toes to arch... not including either.
My legs knee down to the tops of my feet and ankles are sensitive at times, numb at others.
The big ones I don't like are panic attacks, anxiety, confusion, recent memory loss, and mild dizzyness at times. Sometimes I can't tell the difference between a panic attack and auras, which I still get. These get pretty upsetting at times. That's why I still take 1/2mg ativan as needed. I try never to take more than 1mg/day, and most of the time it works. Then there are the days I think it makes things worse. Does any of this sound right to you?
I was going to start valium instead of the ativan... but I read in a PDR that valium can increase grand mal seizure frequency.

My blood levels have hovered around 4.8 on a 10-20 scale for years.

The only time I had trouble was when I was weaning off of Phenytoin in fall of '05, reducing by 100mg/month. After reaching 100mg/day at night, I had one seizure every 45 days or so while still taking 100mg. After the third GM, I started on 300mg the way I used to (and still do), the only GM's after those happened when my sleep apnea/sinus problems caused them in November '06. Nothing since.
I heard long ago that dilantin/phenytoin can cause PAD... peripheral artery disease. I have a lot of those symptoms. My right leg is extremely sensitive below the knee. I notice it when I shower and at night. It's not that feeling like I have to move my legs all of the time like that commercial on tv.