itching - Dilantin side effect

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libra1976
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/10/2006 6:59 PM (GMT -7)   
Has anyone ever had a side effect from Dilantin that caused sporadic, random itching all over?  I have been taking Dilantin since 1986 and about 4-5 yrs ago had my first "itching" exerience, which last all day long.  In 2003 the itching came back and happened more often than not.  Since then I guess I have 2-4 itching spells every other week. My Dr told me it was probably because my level was too high.  I have not been able to confirm that. If anyone else has had this problem and found some over-the-counter medicine or even prescription to ease the annoyance, please share.
 
Your responses are GREATLY appreciated
 
-S

RanMan
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   Posted 3/10/2006 10:06 PM (GMT -7)   

libra1976,

This is based on my own experience:

I've been on dilantin since 1979, I had a few itching spells and even tingling of the limbs. I thought it might be a reaction to the dilantin or low blood sugar or low blood pressure and circulation but my Doctor said it was DEHIDRATION. I increased my fluid intake and I was surprised ~ it went away. But everybody's body chemistry is different. (worked for me)

Randy


Diagnosed with epilepsy and ulcerative colitis in 1979,
Been on meds ever since.
 
275mg-dilantin/day
120mg-pheonobarb/day
3,000mg-Mesasol/day
20mg-Celexa/day


libra1976
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Date Joined Mar 2006
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   Posted 3/11/2006 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Don't know what happened up there.
Anyway, I had my level drawn yesterday and hope to have the results by phone or email on Monday. I will start drinking more water to see if that works. Thank you both for you quick responses to my post.

I just had brain surgery four weeks ago and prior to the surgery I was taking 275 mg of Dilantin because 300 would make me toxic. The day I was hospitalized my Drs. started to give me 300 mg. Since then I have not felt toxic at all. My last level was last Sunday it was considered therapeutic. Since I just recently had the surgery, I have a feeling, unless my level is too high and I begin to show signs of toxicity, my Dr. will keep me on 300 mg. Hopefully in mos. to a year depending if I am having szrs, I will start to taper off the medicine. I have dealt with my "itching poblem" for up to 3 years, I can deal with it for longer.

Thanks again Randy and Mandy!

-Sara
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