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Phenytoin Chewable tablet

What is this medicine?

PHENYTOIN (FEN i toyn) is used to control seizures in certain types of epilepsy. It is also used to prevent seizures during or after surgery.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an alcohol abuse problem

  • Asian ancestry

  • blood disorders or disease

  • diabetes

  • heart problems

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • porphyria

  • receiving radiation therapy

  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to phenytoin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Chew it or swallow whole. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Take this medicine with food if it upsets your stomach. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. This increases the risk of seizures. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • delavirdine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures

  • calcium supplements

  • carbamazepine

  • chloramphenicol

  • chlordiazepoxide

  • cimetidine or other medicines for heartburn or stomach ulcers

  • corticosteroid hormones such as prednisone or cortisone

  • diazepam

  • disulfiram

  • doxycycline

  • enteral feedings (liquid nutritional drinks or tube feeding liquids)

  • ethosuximide

  • female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills

  • furosemide

  • halothane

  • isoniazid

  • medicines for mental depression, anxiety or other mood problems

  • medicines to control heart rhythm

  • methsuximide

  • methylphenidate

  • molindone

  • phenylbutazone

  • reserpine

  • rifampin, rifabutin or rifapentine

  • sucralfate

  • sulfonamides like Azulfidine or Bactrim

  • theophylline

  • ticlopidine

  • tolbutamide

  • valproic acid

  • vitamin D

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. This medicine needs careful monitoring. Your doctor or health care professional may schedule regular blood tests.

Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.

Do not change brands or dosage forms of this medicine without discussing the change with your doctor or health care professional.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

This medicine can cause unusual growth of gum tissues. Visit your dentist regularly. Problems can arise if you need dental work, and in the day to day care of your teeth. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

Do not take antacids at the same time as this medicine. If you get an upset stomach and want to take an antacid or medicine for diarrhea, make sure there is an interval of 2 to 3 hours before or after you took your phenytoin.

The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.

Women who become pregnant while using this medicine may enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. This registry collects information about the safety of antiepileptic drug use during pregnancy.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain or tightness

  • confusion

  • dark yellow or brown urine

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • fever, sore throat

  • headache

  • loss of seizure control

  • poor control of body movements or difficulty walking

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • unusual bleeding or bruising, pinpoint red spots on skin

  • vomiting

  • worsening of mood, thoughts or actions of suicide or dying

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • difficulty sleeping

  • excessive hair growth on the face or body

  • nausea

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature below 30 degrees C (86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Phenytoin Oral suspension

What is this medicine?

PHENYTOIN (FEN i toyn) is used to control seizures in certain types of epilepsy.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an alcohol abuse problem

  • Asian ancestry

  • blood disorders or disease

  • diabetes

  • heart problems

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • porphyria

  • receiving radiation therapy

  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to phenytoin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake the bottle well before each dose. Use a specially marked spoon or dropper to measure your medicine. Ask your pharmacist if you do not have one. Household spoons are not accurate. Take this medicine with food if it upsets your stomach. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. This increases the risk of seizures. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • delavirdine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures

  • calcium supplements

  • carbamazepine

  • chloramphenicol

  • chlordiazepoxide

  • cimetidine or other medicines for heartburn or stomach ulcers

  • corticosteroid hormones such as prednisone or cortisone

  • diazepam

  • disulfiram

  • doxycycline

  • enteral feedings (liquid nutritional drinks or tube feeding liquids)

  • ethosuximide

  • female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills

  • furosemide

  • halothane

  • isoniazid

  • medicines for mental depression, anxiety or other mood problems

  • medicines to control heart rhythm

  • methsuximide

  • methylphenidate

  • molindone

  • phenylbutazone

  • reserpine

  • rifampin, rifabutin or rifapentine

  • sucralfate

  • sulfonamides like Azulfidine or Bactrim

  • theophylline

  • ticlopidine

  • tolbutamide

  • valproic acid

  • vitamin D

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. This medicine needs careful monitoring. Your doctor or health care professional may schedule regular blood tests.

Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.

Do not change brands or dosage forms of this medicine without discussing the change with your doctor or health care professional.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

This medicine can cause unusual growth of gum tissues. Visit your dentist regularly. Problems can arise if you need dental work, and in the day to day care of your teeth. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

Do not take antacids at the same time as this medicine. If you get an upset stomach and want to take an antacid or medicine for diarrhea, make sure there is an interval of 2 to 3 hours before or after you took your phenytoin.

The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.

Women who become pregnant while using this medicine may enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. This registry collects information about the safety of antiepileptic drug use during pregnancy.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain or tightness

  • confusion

  • dark yellow or brown urine

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • fever, sore throat

  • headache

  • loss of seizure control

  • poor control of body movements or difficulty walking

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • unusual bleeding or bruising, pinpoint red spots on skin

  • vomiting

  • worsening of mood, thoughts or actions of suicide or dying

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • difficulty sleeping

  • excessive hair growth on the face or body

  • nausea

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Phenytoin Sodium Oral capsule

What is this medicine?

PHENYTOIN (FEN i toyn) is used to control seizures in certain types of epilepsy. It is also used to prevent seizures during or after surgery.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an alcohol abuse problem

  • Asian ancestry

  • blood disorders or disease

  • diabetes

  • heart problems

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • porphyria

  • receiving radiation therapy

  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to phenytoin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you are taking extended-release capsules, swallow them whole. Do not crush or chew. Take this medicine with food if it upsets your stomach. It may be best to take your medicine consistently with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. This increases the risk of seizures. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • delavirdine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures

  • calcium supplements

  • carbamazepine

  • chloramphenicol

  • chlordiazepoxide

  • cimetidine or other medicines for heartburn or stomach ulcers

  • corticosteroid hormones such as prednisone or cortisone

  • diazepam

  • disulfiram

  • doxycycline

  • enteral feedings (liquid nutritional drinks or tube feeding liquids)

  • ethosuximide

  • female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills

  • furosemide

  • halothane

  • isoniazid

  • medicines for mental depression, anxiety or other mood problems

  • medicines to control heart rhythm

  • methsuximide

  • methylphenidate

  • molindone

  • phenylbutazone

  • reserpine

  • rifampin, rifabutin or rifapentine

  • sucralfate

  • sulfonamides like Azulfidine or Bactrim

  • theophylline

  • ticlopidine

  • tolbutamide

  • valproic acid

  • vitamin D

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. This medicine needs careful monitoring. Your doctor or health care professional may schedule regular blood tests.

Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.

Do not change brands or dosage forms of this medicine without discussing the change with your doctor or health care professional.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

This medicine can cause unusual growth of gum tissues. Visit your dentist regularly. Problems can arise if you need dental work, and in the day to day care of your teeth. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

Do not take antacids at the same time as this medicine. If you get an upset stomach and want to take an antacid or medicine for diarrhea, make sure there is an interval of 2 to 3 hours before or after you took your phenytoin.

The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.

Women who become pregnant while using this medicine may enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. This registry collects information about the safety of antiepileptic drug use during pregnancy.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain or tightness

  • confusion

  • dark yellow or brown urine

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • fever, sore throat

  • headache

  • loss of seizure control

  • poor control of body movements or difficulty walking

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • unusual bleeding or bruising, pinpoint red spots on skin

  • vomiting

  • worsening of mood, thoughts or actions of suicide or dying

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • difficulty sleeping

  • excessive hair growth on the face or body

  • nausea

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Phenytoin Sodium Oral capsule, extended-release

What is this medicine?

PHENYTOIN (FEN i toyn) is used to control seizures in certain types of epilepsy. It is also used to prevent seizures during or after surgery.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an alcohol abuse problem

  • Asian ancestry

  • blood disorders or disease

  • diabetes

  • heart problems

  • kidney disease

  • liver disease

  • porphyria

  • receiving radiation therapy

  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to phenytoin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you are taking extended-release capsules, swallow them whole. Do not crush or chew. Take this medicine with food if it upsets your stomach. It may be best to take your medicine consistently with or without food. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed. Do not stop taking this medicine suddenly. This increases the risk of seizures. Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to take. If your doctor wants you to stop the medicine, the dose will be slowly lowered over time to avoid any side effects.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • delavirdine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines

  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures

  • calcium supplements

  • carbamazepine

  • chloramphenicol

  • chlordiazepoxide

  • cimetidine or other medicines for heartburn or stomach ulcers

  • corticosteroid hormones such as prednisone or cortisone

  • diazepam

  • disulfiram

  • doxycycline

  • enteral feedings (liquid nutritional drinks or tube feeding liquids)

  • ethosuximide

  • female hormones, including contraceptive or birth control pills

  • furosemide

  • halothane

  • isoniazid

  • medicines for mental depression, anxiety or other mood problems

  • medicines to control heart rhythm

  • methsuximide

  • methylphenidate

  • molindone

  • phenylbutazone

  • reserpine

  • rifampin, rifabutin or rifapentine

  • sucralfate

  • sulfonamides like Azulfidine or Bactrim

  • theophylline

  • ticlopidine

  • tolbutamide

  • valproic acid

  • vitamin D

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. This medicine needs careful monitoring. Your doctor or health care professional may schedule regular blood tests.

Wear a medical ID bracelet or chain, and carry a card that describes your disease and details of your medicine and dosage times.

Do not change brands or dosage forms of this medicine without discussing the change with your doctor or health care professional.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Birth control pills may not work properly while you are taking this medicine. Talk to your doctor about using an extra method of birth control.

This medicine can cause unusual growth of gum tissues. Visit your dentist regularly. Problems can arise if you need dental work, and in the day to day care of your teeth. Try to avoid damage to your teeth and gums when you brush or floss your teeth.

Do not take antacids at the same time as this medicine. If you get an upset stomach and want to take an antacid or medicine for diarrhea, make sure there is an interval of 2 to 3 hours before or after you took your phenytoin.

The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.

Women who become pregnant while using this medicine may enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. This registry collects information about the safety of antiepileptic drug use during pregnancy.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain or tightness

  • confusion

  • dark yellow or brown urine

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • fever, sore throat

  • headache

  • loss of seizure control

  • poor control of body movements or difficulty walking

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • unusual bleeding or bruising, pinpoint red spots on skin

  • vomiting

  • worsening of mood, thoughts or actions of suicide or dying

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • difficulty sleeping

  • excessive hair growth on the face or body

  • nausea

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light and moisture. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Phenytoin Sodium Solution for injection

What is this medicine?

PHENYTOIN (FEN i toyn) is used to control seizures in certain types of epilepsy. It is also used to prevent seizures during or after surgery.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an alcohol abuse problem

  • Asian ancestry

  • diabetes

  • heart problems

  • liver disease

  • low blood pressure

  • suicidal thoughts, plans, or attempt; a previous suicide attempt by you or a family member

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to phenytoin, hydantoin or other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for injection into a vein. It is given by a health care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:

  • delavirdine

This medicine may also interact with the following medications:

  • alcohol

  • aspirin and aspirin-like medicines

  • barbiturates, like phenobarbital

  • carbamazepine

  • chloramphenicol

  • chlordiazepoxide

  • cimetidine

  • diazepam

  • digoxin

  • disulfiram

  • doxycycline

  • ethosuximide

  • female hormones, like estrogens and birth control pills

  • furosemide

  • halothane

  • isoniazid

  • medicines for mental depression, anxiety or other mood problems

  • methylphenidate

  • molindone

  • other medicines for seizures

  • phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine

  • phenylbutazone

  • quinidine

  • reserpine

  • rifampin

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • sulfonamides like sulfamethoxazole, sulfasalazine

  • tolbutamide

  • trazodone

  • valproic acid

  • warfarin

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Your condition will be monitored carefully while you are receiving this medicine.

You may get drowsy or dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol may interfere with the effect of this medicine. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

The use of this medicine may increase the chance of suicidal thoughts or actions. Pay special attention to how you are responding while on this medicine. Any worsening of mood, or thoughts of suicide or dying should be reported to your health care professional right away.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • changes in vision

  • chest pain or tightness

  • confusion

  • dark yellow or brown urine

  • fast or irregular heartbeat

  • fever, sore throat

  • headache

  • loss of seizure control

  • poor control of body movements or difficulty walking

  • redness, blistering, peeling or loosening of the skin, including inside the mouth

  • unusual bleeding or bruising, pinpoint red spots on skin

  • vomiting

  • worsening of mood, thoughts or actions of suicide or dying

  • yellowing of the eyes or skin

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation

  • difficulty sleeping

  • excessive hair growth on the face or body

  • nausea

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


 
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