Phenytoin for Epilepsy
Common side effects of phenytoin include:
- Swollen, tender gums.
- Growth of facial and body hair.
- Enlarged or rough facial features.
- Skin rash.
High levels of phenytoin in the body may also cause:
- Double vision.
- Tremors or shaking.
- Decreased coordination.
- Confusion and inability to concentrate.
- Reference Osteoporosis Opens New Window (when taken for months to years).
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on antiepileptic medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take antiepileptic medicine should be watched closely for Reference warning signs of suicide. People who take antiepileptic medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology