Dilantin vs Gabapentin for Epilepsy

Dilantin
(Rx)
Gabapentin
(Rx)
Dilantin is an epilepsy medication and a cardiovascular medication.
Gabapentin is an epilepsy medication and a nervous system medication.
Satisfaction Score
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2.9
Moderately Satisfied
Satisfaction Score
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3.5
Moderately Satisfied
Helpfulness
for Epilepsy
1.6
Concern level
1.7
Helpfulness
for Epilepsy
5.0
Concern level
1.7
Approval Date
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January 6, 1953
September 12, 2003
Number of discussions around the web Number of discussions + -
24,698 Discussions
136,056 Discussions
Taken For
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Condition
Number of posts
Dilantin is prescribed for Seizures and Epilepsy and is mostly mentioned together with these indications.
Condition
Number of posts
#1 for Nerve Pain
#2 for Anxiety
#4 for Depression
#5 for Fibromyalgia
#6 for Neuropathy
#7 for Seizures
#8 for Numbness
#9 for Headaches
#10 for RLS
#11 for Migraines
#12 for Epilepsy
#13 for Tingling
#14 for Chronic Pain
#15 for Back Pain
#17 for Leg Pain
#18 for Shingles
#19 for Hot Flashes
#20 for Sciatica
Gabapentin is prescribed for Nerve Pain, Fibromyalgia, Neuropathy, Seizures and Numbness and is mostly mentioned together with these indications. Our data suggest that it is taken for Anxiety, Depression, RLS, Withdrawal Symptoms and Headaches, although it is not approved for these conditions.
Side Effects and Concerns
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Dil
Withdrawal Symptoms
3
Weight Loss
3
Bleeding
2
Hair Loss
2
Diabetes
2
Bone Loss
2
Brain Damage
1
Double Vision
1
Paranoia
1
Blurred Vision
1
Gab
Dizziness
5
Drowsiness
4
Nausea
3
Weight Loss
2
Euphoria
1
Dry Mouth
1
Grogginess
1
Mood Swings
1
Hallucinations
1
Suicidal behavior
1
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Dilantin
Dil
Gabapentin
Gab
Withdrawal Symptoms
Dil
Gab
3
0
Weight Loss
Dil
Gab
3
2
Bleeding
Dil
Gab
2
0
Hair Loss
Dil
Gab
2
0
Diabetes
Dil
Gab
2
0
Bone Loss
Dil
Gab
2
0
Brain Damage
Dil
Gab
1
0
Double Vision
Dil
Gab
1
0
Paranoia
Dil
Gab
1
0
Blurred Vision
Dil
Gab
1
0
Dizziness
Gab
Dil
5
0
Drowsiness
Gab
Dil
4
0
Nausea
Gab
Dil
3
0
Weight Loss
Gab
Dil
2
3
Euphoria
Gab
Dil
1
0
Dry Mouth
Gab
Dil
1
0
Grogginess
Gab
Dil
1
0
Mood Swings
Gab
Dil
1
0
Hallucinations
Gab
Dil
1
0
Suicidal behavior
Gab
Dil
1
0
Pregnancy Category (FDA) OpenClose all pregnancy categories
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a b c d x n
Category A
Adequate and well-controllted studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
Category B
Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
Category C
Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category D
There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Category X
Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use of the drug in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
Category N
FDA has not classified the drug.
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D Category D
Before taking Dilantin during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
C Category C
Before taking Gabapentin during pregnancy, consult your doctor or pharmacists to weigh the risks and benefits.
Alcohol warning
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Chronic alcohol ingestion may affect phenytoin levels. It may either decrease it resulting in reduced seizure control or increase it resulting in increased side effects.
There may be a negative interaction between Gabapentin and alcohol.
Method of use
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Injection, Pill
Pill
Dosages
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Capsule: 30 mg
Solution: 50 mg/mL
Suspension: 100 mg/4 mL
Syringe: 50 mg/mL
Tablet: 50 mg
Tablet: 300 mg (9)- 600 mg (69), 100 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg, 600 mg, 800 mg
Capsule: 100 mg, 300 mg, 400 mg
Solution: 250 mg/5 mL, 250 mg/5 mL (5 mL), 300 mg/6 mL (6 mL)
Suspension: 25 mg/mL
Food Instructions
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Enteral feeds should be stopped 1 to 2 hours before and after dose because NG-tube feeds decrease drug's absorption. , Do not consume alcohol as it can affect the drug's metabolism.
No Food Instructions
Ingredients
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Phenytoin Sodium Extended , Phenytoin
Gabapentin
Drug Interactions
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Interaction between Dilantin and Gabapentin: Interaction not known, but may still exist. Always consult your doctor before taking these medications together. Do not stop taking the medications without a physician's advice.
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