The uses of Dilantin Paed Susp include: Phenytoin is used to prevent and control seizures (also called an anticonvulsant or antiepileptic drug). It works by reducing the spread of seizure activity in the brain.
Dilantin is indicated for the control of grand mal and psychomotor seizures. Dilantin will prevent or effectively decrease the incidence and severity of convulsive seizures in a high percentage of cases, with patients exhibiting little tendency to become resistant to its action. Besides its effectiveness in controlling seizures, Dilantin frequently improves the mental condition and outlook of epileptic patients and there is also increasing evidence that Dilantin is valuable in the prevention of seizures occurring during or after neurosurgery and in the treatment of certain cardiac arrythmias. Phenytoin serum level determinations may be necessary for optimal dosage adjustments (see Dosage and Administration).
Dosage and Administration:
Initiate therapy with 5 mg/kg/day in 2 to 3 equally divided doses not to exceed 300 mg daily. A recommended daily maintenance dosage is usually 4 to 8 mg/kg. Children over 6 years may require the minimum adult dose (300 mg/day).
Paediatric dosage forms available include Dilantin Chewable Infatabs and Dilantin Paediatric Suspension.