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Adverse effects of Phenytoin Sodium tablets for epilepsy - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   hi
User :   Hello
Doctor :   how can i help you?
User :   Actually I am taking Phenytoin Sodium tablets daily since last 6 years so please let me know if this medicine has any effect on height increase?
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User :   My Age is 26,Gender -Male,
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what was the reason for you using this?
User :   Actually doctor started this medicine for epilepsy
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   are you following up with thedoctor?
User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
User :   actually since I have started this medicine my height has not increased
Doctor :   after the age of 21 in men the increase in height is stopped
Doctor :   the evidenced adverse effects of phenytoin are
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User :   yes
Doctor :   ok
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User :   yes thankyou
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User :   ok
Doctor :   the evidenced adverse effects of phenytoin are
Doctor :   Dyskinesia; peripheral neuropathy; hirsutism; hypokalaemia; megalobalstic anaemia; hepatitis; thyroiditis; skin rashes; vertigo, ataxia, nystagmus, diplopia, gingival hypertrophy.
User :   so it means this medicine has no effect on growth or height increase

Doctor :   there is no established evidence of that
User :   Actually I have started taking a health supplement now for height increase so wanted to know if about this
Doctor :   health supplement is advisable
Doctor :   is not for the increase in the height but for the overall health
User :   That supplement contains L- ARGININE & L-ORNITHINE

User :   No,this is for height increase
Doctor :   these are amino acids
Doctor :   supplements
User :   yes,they help in growth hormone secretion
User :   so that my height increases
Doctor :   yes and in the synthesis of proteins
Doctor :   proteins help in increasing the immunity
User :   I just wanted to know if Phenytoin is going to interfere with this supplement?
Doctor :   it may as hepatitis is one of the adverse effects of phenytoin
Doctor :   and may hinder in the digestion of this aminiacid supplement
User :   So it means I should stop Phenytoin

User :   so that my height increases
Doctor :   your docctor is the right person to take this decission as he is folowing you up and examines you phsically
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User :   Hello again
Doctor :   Hi
User :   I would like to be sure if Phenytoin hinders amino acid digestion or not?
User :   If yes then I can stop phenytoin sodium
Doctor :   Longterm Effects of Phenytoin are
User :   are you the same person who was chatting with me some time back?
Doctor :   Hepatitis so if the Liver is affected a then the Amino acid metabolism will certainly be involved..
Doctor :   Yes..
User :   so what should I do now?
Doctor :   Keep a watch if your doctor suspects then get the Liver profile done..
Doctor :   Which will indicate if your liver enzymes are elevated then treatment would be accordingly..
Doctor :   Look out for Jaundice..
User :   ok
Doctor :   Will you need any further information..
User :   so you are saying that I need to find out if Phenytoin is hindering amino acid digestion or not?
Doctor :   Please fill the feedback form while I type the information you needed.
Doctor :   No i am saying to keep a look out for Jaundice and at the earliest symptom get to the doctor..
Doctor :   He would ask for the Liver enzymes.. if altered you might need a dose reduction..
User :   I am healthy and don't have jaundice

Doctor :   Keep A Look Out they develop over time..
User :   ok thanks
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Doctor :   or when done..
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