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Brand name: Dilantin Paediatric TM

Active ingredients: phenytoin

What it is used 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).

How to take it

You should seek medical advice in relation to medicines and use only as directed by a healthcare professional.

  • The way to take this medicine: Oral
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Lifetime is 3 Years.

Always read the label. If symptoms persist see your healthcare professional.

Visual appearance

Viscous, cherry-red suspension with a characteristic odour of banana and orange.

Do I need a prescription?

This medicine is available from a pharmacist and requires a prescription. It is Schedule 4 : Prescription Only Medicine.

Pregnant or planning a pregnancy?

For the active ingredient phenytoin

You should seek advice from your doctor or pharmacist about taking this medicine. They can help you balance the risks and the benefits of this medicine during pregnancy.

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  • DrugBank

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