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Effects of an overdose of dilantin - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have a question on overdoseing on Dilantin.
Doctor :   HI
User :   hello
Doctor :   proceed with your query
User :   Im wondering the effects of an overdose of dilantin
Doctor :   dilantin at "thereuapeutic" dose itself cause characteristicmovement of the eye called nystagmus
Doctor :   in over dose it causes increased movement along with mental clouding, drunken like walking, speech disturbances
Doctor :   sedation, confusion, and even fits can occur
User :   I had three and a half times the level they wanted. Seemed like I was drunk all day and very hosti/angry. is that part of the symptoms ?
Doctor :   yes it is
User :   How do I get people to understand that wasnt really me ?
Doctor :   you need to explain them that you are on the medication and in the overdose state these symptoms do occur
User :   It took them over a mont to get it comming down from 63, why is that ?
User :   month
User :   Im not on it now, turned out I wasnt having sezures
Doctor :   the drug is eleminated from the body slowly, and withdrawl of the medication also is done at a gradual phase
Doctor :   so it takes time for the blood levels to fall
User :   sezure activity never showed up in the tests. so i stopped it all together
Doctor :   it is wrong
User :   why does it make a person mean ?
Doctor :   sudden withdrawl of the medications can casue seizure
User :   whats wrong ?
Doctor :   did the doctor advise you to stop the medication ?
User :   yes
Doctor :   than its ok
User :   neurolagist did
Doctor :   because there will be a specified observaton period after that only the medicine should be withdrawn, if neurologist has done than its fine
User :   why does it make a person mean and screw up judgement ?
Doctor :   the drug acts on the brain as you know brain is a comples structure and it involves many neurotransmitters
Doctor :   and this drug in the process of controlling the seizure activity it also affects the other functions on dose dependent basis
User :   for awhile there I looked like a prize fighter, kept falling down and bashing my face
Doctor :   thus causing the other symptoms along with seizure activity
Doctor :   control
User :   screwed up my relationship w/ my kids and girlfriend because i was such a jerk
User :   i dont drink, and at one point i started and got really sick
User :   do you think it did any lasting damage, physicaly ?
User :   he sent me in for liver scans
Doctor :   what did the liver tests say ?
User :   all ok at the time
User :   but at times it hurts in that general area
Doctor :   occasional hurt is not of concern and as all your t3ests are normal you need not worry
User :   Thank Goodness
User :   So why all the anger ? I usually clam up when Im pissed
Doctor :   it is the effect of the medication which you took
Doctor :   it takes time for the behaviour to change after the stopage of the medicine
User :   how does it make me do that ?
User :   it sure did
Doctor :   by its action on the brain
User :   as long as Im off of it, it wont come back will it ?
User :   I ve heard storys of people on acid having that affect them years later
Doctor :   angry is a behavoiur modification afer leaving the medication it takes time to change it
User :   Havent taken it in a few months and the only time im mad is in traffic
User :   what I meant is its not going to pop up years from now ?
Doctor :   trafic makes people really angry
Doctor :   it is natural
User :   what I meant is its not going to pop up years from now from being stored in the body ?
User :   hello?
Doctor :   the medicne will not be stored in the body
User :   ok thank you very much
Doctor :   it get excreted out
User :   all the best
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