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Posted by Jennifer on December 29, 1999 at 13:14:01:

In Reply to: Re: Dilantin posted by beatle on December 25, 1999 at 21:03:57:

: : I have a friend who recently went off his Dilantin and had a grand mal seizure for the first time in 5 years. He wanted to go off his meds because he was told Dilantin causes liver problems.

: : Please provide me with (or please advise me where to look up) the latest information on this drug - I told my friend I would ask if there has been any news regarding its side effects.

: : Thank you for your time.

: : Sincerely,

: : Debbie Novak

: Anything I say should not be a substitute for advice from your doctor. Dilantin can commonly cause things such as jerky eye movements, drunk like walk, slurred speech and confusion. These side-effects are often seen at higher blood levels and often a small lowering of dosage by the doctor can clear much of this up. Dilantin can cause liver damage. There are many other anti-convulsants that his doctor can try but they all have side-effects. Of course there are very real problems with not taking the medicine. Inability to drive causes loss of independence. Hitting ones head violently against a hard floor while seizing can cause a brain injury. Other injuries can occur also with seizures so its bad this way too.

Hi, I am 20 years old and have been on Dilantin for 3 1/2 years now. I was a senior in high school when my first episode occured. I have gran mal seizures. I take 300 mg of Dilantin everyday. I have had several seizures since taking the medication, though. I have been to neurologists of all kinds and they do not know what has caused this. I hate having seizures. I often suffer from fatigue and i catch myself in stupors often. Sometimes I just sit around and look at things and don't say anything at all. I also suffer from severe migraines. I hope to get off my medication one day but highly doubt it. I would like to start a family one day but I am too scared because I hear of all these birth defects and it scares me. So, if you are a parent please post a follow-up and let me know how it went.

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