I too, did not know that Dilantin had been re-made. As far as I was aware, Dilantin was a very old fashioned drug which was in the process of being phased out in favour of newer, more effective meds such as Carbamazepine, Lamotrigine etc...
Anyone with experience... please come forth and educate us!
I have deleted the thread you have started regarding the pictures you posted since it is a double post of what is on this thread. Thanks for the information. Having read the page, I now know what the drug is!!! I know Dilantin as Phenytoin as I am from the UK! I know about the effects and its history from what people have said on here but now I know what the other name for it is I know much more! lol
I've been on Dilantin since 1979. I was not aware that there was a "NEW" Dilantin.
It first came out in 1938. For as long as I can remember, it is marketed under the name "Phenytoin" and (in some cases) has lots of side affects.
Since this seems to be a very active topic and is relevant to many people, I have done some homework on this.
The long and the short of it is that it depends who you ask as to whether the forumlation has changed. As I understand it, there is a new manufacturer (hence the new appearance). The old manufacturer claims that the forumula has not changed and the new manufacturer claims it has. Given that there seems to be many people suffering instability from the 'new' dilantin, it seems sensible to conclude that it has changed, however I stress that I dont know this for certain.
My recommendation is that if you are at all worried about this or you are having issues regarding the medication (old or new) that you contact your local pharmacist who should be able to tell you about the chemical make up of both versions.
Hi, I just want to jump in, for those who say "nothing has changed about the new Dilantin". My levels have jumped from 26 to 36 since I started on the new Dilantin 2-3 months ago. Fortunately, I feel fine, no side effects (never had) and no seizures, either.
But I have heard from many who are not doing so well. Everybody is different, but many of us who took the old Dilantin by necessity, know from experience that the generics DO NOT WORK, and any modification to the real thing is risky too.
Disclaimer: Some people take the generic and are fine. Some people also liked New Coke.
Post Edited (jerry1967) : 3/3/2008 7:27:57 AM (GMT-7)