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Is Dilantin safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women?

Dilantin is not safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. This medication can cause birth defects in a developing fetus and side effects in a nursing infant. Dilantin may not be as effective at controlling seizures when taken during pregnancy. Because of this, women who are pregnant should not use Dilantin. While taking Dilantin, women should be sure to use a nonhormonal form of birth control, because Dilantin may decrease the efficacy of hormonal birth control methods.

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