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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I recently missed one, but more likely two doses of my Dilantin. I felt like a seizure was coming on last night, so I took an additional two doses. Is it safe to take another two doses this morning to get my blood level back where it usually is?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr xxxx here
User :   hello
Doctor :   Noo
Doctor :   Plz be regular in meds
Doctor :   Taking additional doses will make you more sedated
User :   I try...stuff happens
Doctor :   Just keep regular so that blood levels remain altime normal
User :   I am less worried about being sedated than having a seizure
Doctor :   I understand
Doctor :   But it always advisable to stick to prescribed dose
User :   outside of being sedated are there other concerns related to taking an additional dose or two?
Doctor :   Once taking higher doses then will require the same for maintenence
User :   ?
Doctor :   Your threshold will increase resulting in higher dose requirement in future
User :   understood
User :   can I take today's dose?
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   A single dose only
User :   agreed
Doctor :   Is there anything else i can help you with?
User :   just to be sure...I took my dose yesterday morning, along with two more last night, but I can take today's dose?
Doctor :   Yes and from now keep it regular
User :   will-do, thank you
Doctor :   As you are not worried with sedation
Doctor :   You are welcome
User : beats the alternative...seizing...
User :   have a great day!
Doctor :   You too
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Bye for now
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