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Posted by Chuck on February 19, 2000 at 19:46:34:

In Reply to: Re: Dilantin rash posted by Megan on December 13, 1999 at 20:04:14:

Dilantin can cause a rash. I am currently having mine treated with steroids. I did go to the ER last evening to get a loading dose
and now have the dose pack to use for six days. I have had this before but much worse. The ER doc suggest I try another med
but I don't want to gamble with the possibility of seizure. My rash occurs when my Dilantin blood
level is elevated, which it is most of the time. Although at around 2100 I can barely see the rash. Right now it's quite noticeable
and uncomfortable. I have Atarax in case I need an antihistamine. I also have several tubes of various steroid ointments and
creams from my dermatologist. It could be worse. I have exfoliated on three or four occasions, the first one having been life-threatening
requiring an ER team to get me out of shock, truly thought I was going to die. The following weeks were spent watching great
chunks of my skin fall off. It's a long story but here I am.

: : My father has taken dilantin after brain surgery and has a horrible rash the doctor calls a "dilantin rash". We have heard this can be fatal and have scheduled to see a dermatologist. Anyone have any information about this type of rash and if or when we should go to the ER?

: I am currently on dilantin for other reasons than follow up meds for brain surgery, but I'm on it nonetheless. My neurologist advises me to contact him immediately if a rash should appear; therefore, I would advise you to contact your doctor immediately because a rash is NOT a normal side-effect of dilantin. In fact, my neurologist says that something serious is wrong if a rash appears. The ER is an option, but I believe that contacting your doctor who prescribed the dilantin to your father would be the proper step in your situation. If you can't get a hold of your doctor immediately, then the ER would be the next best option!

: Good Luck and Good Health To Your Father

: Megan

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