Are there any risks in taking Dilantin (phenytoin)?

As with many medications, there are certain risks associated with taking Dilantin (phenytoin). If you have been taking Dilantin regularly, it is important not to stop treatment abruptly; doing so could lead to a potentially-fatal condition called status epilepticus, which may involve repeated seizures without regaining consciousness. In some people, Dilantin may cause changes in mood or behavior, including increased thoughts of suicide, so make sure to tell your doctor if you notice any significant or sudden changes. Dilantin may also cause side effects like dizziness or drowsiness that may make certain activities dangerous, so you should avoid driving or operating machinery for a while until you know how your body reacts to the medication. Dilantin may interact negatively with a variety of medications, so it is important to talk to your doctor about all medications and supplements you are taking before starting Dilantin. Other side effects and risks may be possible, so talk to your doctor before taking Dilantin.

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