What Epanutin 100mg is and what it is used for
This medicine contains phenytoin, which is one of a group of medicines called anti-epileptic drugs; these medicines are used to treat epilepsy. Epanutin can be used to control a variety of epileptic conditions, to control or prevent seizures during or after brain surgery or severe head injury. Epanutin can also be used to treat trigeminal neuralgia (facial nerve pain). You should ask your doctor if you are unsure why you have been given Epanutin, if you do not feel better or if you feel worse.
What you need to know before you take Epanutin
Do not take Epanutin
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to phenytoin, or any of the other ingredients of this medicine.
- if you are allergic to other medicines for epilepsy
- if you are taking medicines for HIV infection, such as delavirdine.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you take Epanutin if you suffer from or have suffered in the past from any of the following conditions:
- Liver disease
- Kidney disease
- Porphyria (an inherited disease that affects haemoglobin biosynthesis)
- Alcohol dependence
You should be administered Epanutin with caution if you suffer from kidney or liver problems.
A small number of people being treated with antiepileptics such as phenytoin sodium have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If at any time you have these thoughts, immediately contact your doctor.
Potentially life-threatening skin rashes (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis) have been reported with the use of Epanutin, appearing initially as reddish targetlike spots or circular patches often with central blisters on the trunk. Additional signs to look for include ulcers in the mouth, throat, nose, genitals and conjunctivitis (red and swollen eyes). These potentially life-threatening skin rashes are often accompanied by flu-like symptoms. The rash may progress to widespread blistering or peeling of the skin. The highest risk for occurrence of serious skin reactions is within the first weeks of treatment. If you have developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis with the use of Epanutin, you must not be re-started on Epanutin at any time.