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Taking pills for epilepsy over 10 years, no symptoms now. Shall i continue? Any side effects?

By consulting doctor he advised me to take eptoin 100mg 2 tab daily at night this was in 1995 continued till 2000 and again consulted and continued till 2002. after this I am not consulted doctor and continuing the same dose for the last 10yrs. in this period I had no epileptic symptoms. but because of some family situations I am not able to consult doctor for this . Is it any problem for me to continuing this medicine. what are the side effects. can I stop it atonce. Please help me
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Neurologist 's  Response
Nov 2013

Thank you for posting your query.

Epilepsy is a chornic disease and requires medications for a long time. However, if patients remain seizure-free for 3-5 years, it is possible to stop anti-epileptic drugs in many patients.

However, the drug should be tapered and stopped and it should not be stopped at once. Also, it should be done after an evaluation by neurologist, under his guidance.

Eptoin (phenytoin) may have side effects such as imbalance while walking, thickening of gums, etc.

Please get back if you require any additional information.

Best wishes,

Dr Sudhir Kumar MD (Internal Medicine), DM (Neurology)

Senior Consultant Neurologist

Apollo Hospitals, Hyderabad,

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General & Family Physician Dr. Achuo Ascensius's  Response
thanks for using health care magic.

Phenytoin is an anti-epileptic drug and like all other drugs
it has its own side effects.
However, it is relatively safer than most anti-epileptic drugs
thus making it a common first line anti-epileptic drug.
Its side effects include
-sedation, cerebellar ataxia, seizures,
-allergic reactions,
- megaloblastic anemia
- pruritus,
-hirsutism etc
However, most side effects of phenytoin are related to over dose.
It is interesting to know that for a long time now you have not had any seizures again. It is a good indication that discontinuation of your drug could be possible. But then discontinuation is done gradually by tapering the dose and not abruptly in order to prevent withdrawal syndrome. This require careful follow-up and observation by your doctor. You should meet your doctor for this.
Best regards.
Dr Achuo
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