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Does Dilantin Help Temporal Lobe Epilepsy? What Are Some Of The Side Effects? Weight Gain/loss Of Memory/depression?

Does Dilantin Help Temporal Lobe Epilepsy? What Are Some Of The Side Effects? Weight Gain/loss Of Memory/depression?

A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I've taken Dilantin for
years & it's been "Positive for me!"
I know each one of us
is diffetent, as far as
how well 'any med' works for us.
ASK YOUR DOC TO EXPLAIN THE PROS &
CONS!

posted over 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

@A MyEpilepsyTeam Member... Dilantin is another name for Phenytoin... I have been on it for over 30 years and it controls my seizures well. Herewith some of the side effects for you:-

Headache, nausea, vomiting, constipation, dizziness, spinning sensation, drowsiness, slurred speech, loss of balance or coordination, swollen or tender gums, sleep problems (insomnia), nervousness, tremors and rash.

Remember... What side affects affect others might not apply to you! Everyone is different. Good luck with the medication!

posted over 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

I've taken Dilantin for
several years. I consider it my "main
medicine!"

posted over 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Many side effects

posted over 3 years ago
A MyEpilepsyTeam Member said:

Dilantin one of the first AED meds for seizures and is still strong now
I have been on it over 46 years. Don't worry bout all the side effects ect
it will get rid of the worst serious-grande-mal) seizures for you. Think of
it as you would a heart attack preventer.for you.
Temporal Lobe Epilepsy is tough to control completely but this will stave off the
biggies. I have the same type epilepsy and know the small seizures are what are
tougher to control but Dilantin will assure they won't turn into grandes. .

posted over 3 years ago
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