What is Phenytoin Sodium?
Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt injection is an anticonvulsant medication that is used to treat a prolonged seizure (status epilepticus). Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt injection is also used to prevent seizures during a surgery.
A Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt injection may cause life-threatening heart problems. Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt Sodium, Prompt is usually given by injection only if you are unable to take the medicine by mouth. If possible before you receive a Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt injection, tell your caregivers if you have ever had serious heart problems, or slow heartbeats that have caused you to faint.
Your heart rate, breathing, blood pressure, and other vital signs will be watched closely. Tell your caregiver if you feel weak, light-headed, or short of breath during or after an injection.
Before taking this medicine
If possible before you receive a Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt injection, tell your caregivers if you have ever had:
- a heart condition called 2nd or 3rd degree “AV block”;
- slow heartbeats that have caused you to faint;
- liver problems caused by Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt Sodium, Prompt; or
- if you currently take delavirdine (Rescriptor).
Tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- liver or kidney disease;
- porphyria(a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system); or
- if you are of Asian ancestry (you may need a special blood test to determine your risk for having a skin reaction to Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt Sodium, Prompt).
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant. Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt may cause harm to an unborn baby, but having a seizure during pregnancy could harm both mother and baby. The benefit of preventing seizures may outweigh any risks to the baby.
If you have received a Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt injection during pregnancy, be sure to tell the doctor who delivers your baby about your Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt use. Both you and the baby may need to receive medications to prevent excessive bleeding during delivery and just after birth.
If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry to track the effects of Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt on the baby. Phenytoin Sodium, Prompt can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormonal birth control (condom, diaphragm with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy. It may not be safe to breast-feed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk. In an emergency, you may not be able to tell caregivers if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Make sure any doctor caring for your pregnancy or your baby knows you received this medicine.