Dilantin side effects can range from mild to severe, and not everyone experiences the effects. Dilantin is the name of an anti-epileptic medication that is used for the management and control of seizures. The anticonvulsant functions by decreasing the rate of the brain impulses that bring upon seizures. The medicine is available in both injectable and oral forms and is known generically as phenytoin. Dilantin is not suitable for everybody. Individuals that have phenytoin allergies should refrain from using the medication, and people with certain medical conditions need to consult with a physician before starting it (including porphyria, liver disease and diabetes).
- Dilantin brings upon several common and minor side effects. Dilantin's minor side effects include joint ache, headache, throwing up, slurred speech, nausea, sleeplessness, difficulties with muscle coordination, abnormal movements of the eyes, abdominal pain, disorientation, confusion, anxiety, dizziness, itchiness and skin rash.
- The medication also can cause less common effects that are not usually considered to be serious, unless they persist. Some of the rarer effects of Dilantin are increased facial or body hair, tenderness or swelling of the gums, increased lip size and twitching.
- Dangerous side effects are also a remote possibility with this anti-epileptic drug. These side effects are bleeding or bruising easily, swollen glands, skin rash accompanied with blistering and peeling, high blood sugar, frequent urination, facial shape changes, darker colored urine, sore throat, fever, burning, tingling or numbness sensations, increased hunger and thirst, bizarre behavior and thoughts (such as thoughts of suicide), hallucinations, balance problems, appetite loss, jaundice (due to damage to the liver) and tremors. Another potentially harmful side effect of Dilantin is seizures getting markedly worse in intensity.
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