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Can You Drink Alcohol While Taking Dilantin?

Reviewer Dr. Juan Harris MBA, MS, MCAP, CMHP, SAP, CIP, ICADC
Clinically Reviewed By Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
Updated On

Dilantin imageWhen prescribed the medication Dilantin it is advisable by the physician and pharmacist to avoid drinking alcohol while on the medication. There is even a warning label listed on the side of the Dilantin prescription bottle as a reminder. The reason one is advised not to drink alcohol while taking Dilantin is because the alcohol can lessen the effectiveness of the Dilantin and increases the risk and severity of side effects. Drinking alcohol greatly diminishes the pharmacologoical effects of Dilantin.

Prescription Dilantin

Dilantin is an anti-epileptic medication used to control seizures. It is commonly used in combination with other anti seizure medications such as phenobarbital. According to the prescription for the medication Dilantin, phenytoin, it is not advised to consume alcohol while receiving this medication as treatment. The use of alcohol during treatment with Dilantin decreases its effectiveness and increases the risk of severe side effects.

Dilantin and Alcohol Side Effects

When drinking alcohol chronically while on Dilantin you can lower the effectiveness of the drug. When binge drinking while on Dilantin you are putting yourself at risk for severe side effects. While uncommon to see these side effects while taking Dilantin if combined with alcohol you are at risk for side effects such as:

  • Unusual, uncontrollable facial or body movements
  • Worsening of seizures
  • Unusual behavior or thinking

Stop Drinking Before Taking Dilantin

If you are a chronic drinker and your Doctor chooses to prescribe you Dilantin it is strongly advised to quit drinking and cleanse your body of the chemicals and toxins associated with alcohol use before beginning the medication. The use of alcohol while taking Dilantin can lower the effectiveness of the medication as well as put you at risk for severe side effects that can endanger your life.

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