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Can I take phenytoin if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

If you are pregnant or plan to get pregnant, be sure that the doctor who prescribes phenytoin for you knows that you are pregnant or breastfeeding before you take it. Taking the drug may cause harm, abnormalities or birth defects in your baby; these effects can happen right away or show up later. If you are breastfeeding, you should not take phenytoin because it can pass into your baby's milk. Talk with your doctor and weigh the pros and cons of phenytoin so you can make the best informed decision about breastfeeding.

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