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Dilantin (Generic Name: Phenytoin) is an anti-epileptic drug, also called an anticonvulsant. It works by reducing impulses in the brain that cause seizures. Dilantin is used to control seizures, however, it is not made to treat all types of seizures. The drug was developed in 1938 and is currently marketed by Pfizer.

Possible Side Effects of Dilantin

Though Dilantin has been recalled several times since its introduction, it is still being prescribed today. The potential side effects of Dilantin are:

  • allergic reactions such as hives, trouble breathing and swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat;
  • swollen glands;
  • fever, sore throat, and headache with a severe blistering, peeling, and red skin rash;
  • confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • slurred speech, loss of balance or coordination;
  • restless muscle movements in eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
  • tremor;
  • extreme thirst or hunger, urinating more than usual;
  • nausea;
  • stomach pain;
  • easy bruising or bleeding;
  • swollen or tender gums; or
  • changes in the shape of face or lips;
  • mild skin rash or itching;
  • dizziness;
  • nervousness;
  • insomnia;
  • twitching;
  • nausea, vomiting, constipation;
  • headache;

Dilantin and Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS)

Dilantin has been linked to Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a serious, life-threatening condition that affects the skin and the mucous membranes. Normally, SJS starts with a flu-like period of fever, sore throat and headache. Circular lesions covering a majority of the skin are developed afterwards. The lesions develop into blisters and sometimes into total skin detachment.

Free Initial Consultation - If you think Dilantin use has put you or a loved one in danger, please fill out the form at the right on this page for a free case evaluation by a qualified drug side effects attorney. Alternatively, you can contact us at 1-800-780-2686.

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Dilantin linked to SJS and TEN
ROCKVILLE, Md., Nov. 24 – FDA says that using of the antiepileptic drug Dilantin (Phenytoin, Phenytek) to treat Asian patients with a particular human leukocyte antigen (HLA) allele possibly will enhance the risk of severe skin reactions... Read More
Dilantin Causes SJS Death
FL - Cindy’s mother was given Dilantin 10 years back as her physician thought she had suffered a stroke. Cindy says that Dilantin caused her mother to have a terrific and painful death after developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS)... Read More

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