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Brand name: Dilantin

Dilantin is a medicine containing the active ingredient(s) phenytoin. On this page you will find out more about Dilantin, including side effects, age restrictions, food interactions and whether the medicine is subsidised by the government on the pharmaceutical benefits scheme (PBS)

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The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has a recall notice on this product.

Dilantin (phenytoin sodium) 30 & 100 mg capsule bottles and Dilantin (phenytoin) Infatabs 50 mg tablet bottle

Recall Action Commencement Date: 2/12/2016

Multiple lots affected

TGA Recall Reference: RC-2016-RN-01523-1

Dilantin (phenytoin sodium) 30 mg capsule bottle

Aust R Number: 14306

Dilantin (phenytoin sodium) 100 mg capsule bottle

Aust R Number: 14305

CDilantin (phenytoin) Infatabs 50 mg tablet bottle

Aust R Number: 14308

Further information on this recall can be found at http://apps.tga.gov.au/PROD/SARA/arn-detail.aspx?k=RC-2016-RN-01523-1

Active ingredient in this medicine: phenytoin

Pack size information

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Information for medicine and pack size:
Dilantin 30 mg hard capsule, 200

Consumer Medicine Information leaflet:

This leaflet may also be found inside the medicine package. It contains information on side effects, age restrictions and other useful data.

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What this medicine is for

DILANTIN is indicated for the control of grand mal and psychomotor seizures. DILANTIN will prevent or effectively decrease the incidence and severity of convulsive seizures in a high percentage of cases, with patients exhibiting little tendency to become resistant to its action. Besides its effectiveness in controlling seizures, DILANTIN frequently improves the mental condition and outlook of epileptic patients and there is also increasing evidence that DILANTIN is valuable in the prevention of seizures occurring during or after neurosurgery and in the treatment of certain cardiac arrythmias. Phenytoin serum level determinations may be necessary for optimal dosage adjustments (see Dosage and Administration).

Table of characteristics
Table of characteristics
Active ingredient
Visual appearance a white opaque hard gelatin capsule with 'P-D 30' on one end and 'Parke-Davis' on the other

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Dosage Form Capsule, hard
Route of administration Oral
Medicine schedule
200: Prescription Only Medicine, or Prescription Animal Remedy

There is one type of pack available.

Pack type 1
Pack type 1
Type Bottle
Storage temperature Store below 30 degrees Celsius
Storage conditions Keep Container Tightly Closed/Airtight
Life time 3 Years
This medicine was verified as being available on the PBS (Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme) on 1 November 2017

The PBS provides a list of government subsidised medicines available to be dispensed to patients. Further information can be found on the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme website.

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Is this medication banned in sport?

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