Is Dilantin a controlled substance?

Is Dilantin a controlled substance?

Dilantin is not a commonly abused drug; its use does not produce significant euphoria despite the fact that it may be used to control certain types of pain; and the drug is not classified as a controlled substance by the US Drug Enforcement Administration despite the fact that it does require a prescription. Dilantin's effectiveness as a seizure medication makes it useful for people who cannot take other medications because of possible side effects.

Dilantin has been used for many years to treat epilepsy and similar disorders. It reduces the frequency of seizures in people who are not able to control their attacks with other drugs. The dosage of Dilantin needed to prevent seizures varies from person to person depending on various factors such as age, body weight, health status, type of seizure disorder, treatment goals, etc. The usual dose range is 100-400 mg per day. Higher doses may be required for some patients.

Because Dilantin can cause serious side effects if not taken properly, your doctor will need to monitor you while you are taking this medication. This includes checking your blood pressure, heart rate, and liver function every month for the first year you are taking it and then annually thereafter. If any problems are found, your doctor may need to change the dose of or stop your treatment with Dilantin.

Although Dilantin is considered safe when used as prescribed, it can cause serious side effects if not taken exactly as directed.

What type of seizure does Dilantin treat?

Dilantin is a prescription medication used to treat tonic-clonic (grand mal) and psychomotor (temporal lobe) seizures, as well as to prevent and cure seizures that occur during or after brain surgery. It may also be used for other conditions such as depression. This article focuses on its use for the treatment of epilepsy.

Seizures are changes in brain activity that can have symptoms such as muscle stiffening, jerking, loss of consciousness, and/or visual phenomena. They can be either positive or negative experiences. A positive experience occurs when there is increased awareness and cognition of surroundings without any apparent memory of the event once it has passed. A negative experience occurs when there is impairment of awareness and cognition of surroundings along with having no recollection of the event once it has passed.

A person who has had one seizure is likely to have further seizures unless certain precautions are taken. Therefore, doctors need to determine why the seizure occurred in the first place before prescribing medications. For example, if the cause is found to be an abnormal electrical discharge from one part of the brain spreading to another, then drugs might be prescribed to stop the transmission of this signal between neurons.

People who experience their first seizure are usually advised to report it to their doctor right away. The type of seizure it was will help guide management.

What drug schedule is Dilantin on?

Dilantin belongs to the medication class group I antiarrhythmics, hydantoin anticonvulsants and is used to treat epilepsy, seizures, status epilepticus, neurosurgery, and seizure prophylaxis during or following neurosurgery. It is also used to prevent migraine headaches.

Seizures are abnormal electrical activities in the brain that can lead to changes how you experience reality or dream life. They can be manifested as signs such as stiffening of muscles, jerking movements, or loss of consciousness. A person who has had a previous episode of seizures could be at risk for having more episodes if they do not take their medicine.

The dosage of Dilantin depends on the type of seizure being treated and whether it is being used to prevent seizures. The usual dose of Dilantin for acute treatment of a single seizure is 10 milligrams (mg) per kilogram (kg) of body weight. For example, a person who weighs 70 kg (154 lbs.) would normally receive 140 mg of Dilantin. The dose may need to be adjusted based on how much food a person eats or drinks. Dilantin should not be taken with other medications or substances that contain alcohol because they increase its activity at the nerve junction where it acts to control seizures.

Dilantin is usually taken once a day at approximately the same time each day.

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