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Brand name: Phenytoin Sodium (Sandoz) TM

Active ingredients: phenytoin

What it is used for

Control of status epilepticus, tonic-clonic (grand mal), psychomotor seizures and the prevention of seizures occuring during or following neurosurgery. Phenytoin will prevent or effectively decrease the incidence and severity of convulvsive seizures in a high percentage of cases, with patients exhibiting little tendency to become resistant to its action. Besides its effectiveness in controlling seizures, phenytoin frequently improves the mental condition and outlook of epileptic patients. It has also been used in the treatment of certain cardiac arrhythmias, particularly in those patients who do not respond to convential antiarrhythmic agents or to cardioversion. Phenytoin serum level determinations may be necessary for optimal dosage adjustments (see dosage and administation).

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: Intravenous
  • Store below 25 degrees Celsius
  • Protect from Light
  • Shelf lifetime is 18 Months.

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

Visual appearance

Clear , colourless solution

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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For side effects, taking other medicines and more

Download consumer medicine information leaflet (pdf) from the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) website

Reporting side effects

You can help ensure medicines are safe by reporting the side effects you experience.

You can report side effects to your doctor, or directly at www.tga.gov.au/reporting-problems

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