Phenytoin sodium tablets USP 50mg Taj Pharma

a) Phenytoin sodium film coated tablets USP 50mg Taj Pharma
b) Phenytoin sodium film-coated tablets USP 100mg Taj Pharma

a) Each film-coated tablet contains

Phenytoin sodium  USP  50mg
Excipients          q.s.

b) Each film-coated tablet contains
Phenytoin sodium   USP   100mg
Excipients         q.s.
For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

Film-coated tablet.
White to off-white, oval shaped, film-coated tablets


4.1 Therapeutic indications
Phenytoin sodium 100 mg tablets are indicated for the following:

  • Control of tonic-clonic seizures (grand mal epilepsy), partial seizures (focal including temporal lobe) or a combination of these
  • Prevention and treatment of seizures occurring during or following neurosurgery and/or severe head injury.

Phenytoin sodium has also been employed in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia but it should only be used as second line therapy if carbamazepine is ineffective or patients are intolerant to carbamazepine.

Note: Phenytoin sodium is not effective in absence status epilepticus or in the prophylaxis and treatment of febrile convulsions..

 4.2  Posology and method of administration

Dosage should be individualised as there may be wide interpatient variability in phenytoin serum levels with equivalent dosage. Phenytoin should be introduced in small dosages with gradual increments until control is achieved or until toxic effects appear. In some cases serum level determinations may be necessary for optimal dosage adjustments – the clinically effective level is usually 10-20mg/l (40-80 micromoles/l) although some cases of tonic-clonic seizures may be controlled with lower serum levels of phenytoin. With recommended dosage a period of seven to ten days may be required to achieve steady state serum levels with Phenytoin and changes in dosage should not be carried out at intervals shorter than seven to ten days. Maintenance of treatment should be the lowest dose of anticonvulsant consistent with control of seizures.

Phenytoin sodium tablets contain phenytoin sodium. Although 100 mg of phenytoin sodium is equivalent to 92 mg of phenytoin on a molecular weight basis, these molecular equivalents are not necessarily biologically equivalent. Physicians should therefore exercise care in those situations where it necessary to change the dosage form and serum level monitoring is advised.

Adult Dosage for Seizures:
Initially 3 to 4mg/kg/day with subsequent dosage adjustment if necessary. For most adults a satisfactory maintenance dose will be 200 to 500mg daily in single or divided doses. Exceptionally, a daily dose outside this range may be indicated. Dosage should normally be adjusted according to serum levels where assay facilities exist.

Adult Dosage for Trigeminal Neuralgia:
The clinically effective dose has not been established in clinical trials. In adults, 300-500 mg given in divided daily doses have been reported in the literature. Dosing should be adjusted based on clinical response. Determination of serum phenytoin level is advised. Levels of total phenytoin should not exceed 20 mcg/ml.

Elderly (over 65 years): Phenytoin clearance is decreased in elderly patients and lower or less frequent dosing may be required (see section 5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties-Age). As with adults the dosage of Phenytoin sodium tablets should be titrated to the patient’s individual requirements using the same guidelines. As elderly patients tend to receive multiple drug therapies, the possibility of drug interactions should be borne in mind.

Infants and Children:
Initially, 5mg/kg/day in two divided doses, with subsequent dosage individualised to a maximum of 300mg daily. A recommended daily maintenance dosage is usually 4 mg/kg to 8 mg/kg.

The absorption of phenytoin following oral administration in neonates is unpredictable. Furthermore, the metabolism of phenytoin may be depressed. It is therefore especially important to monitor serum levels in the neonate.

Patients with Renal or Hepatic Disease:
Due to an increased fraction of unbound phenytoin in patients with renal or hepatic disease, or in those with hypoalbuminemia, the interpretation of total phenytoin plasma concentrations should be made with caution. Unbound concentration of phenytoin may be elevated in patients with hyperbilirubinemia. Unbound phenytoin concentrations may be more useful in these patient populations (see section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use-General).

Method of administration
For oral administration only.

 4.3 Contraindications
Phenytoin is contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to phenytoin, or its excipients, or other hydantoins.

4.4 Special Warnings and precautions for use
Phenytoin is not effective for absence (petit mal) seizures. If tonic-clonic (grand mal) and absence seizures are present together, combined drug therapy is needed. Phenytoin may affect glucose metabolism and inhibit insulin release. Hyperglycaemia has been reported in association with toxic levels. Phenytoin is not indicated for seizures due to hypoglycaemia or other metabolic causes. Abrupt withdrawal of phenytoin in epileptic patients may precipitate status epilepticus. When, in the judgement of the clinician, the need for dosage reduction, discontinuation, or substitution of alternative anti-epileptic medication arises, this should be done gradually. However, in the event of an allergic or hypersensitivity reaction, rapid substitution of alternative therapy may be necessary. In this case, alternative therapy should be an anti-epileptic drug not belonging to the hydantoin chemical class. Phenytoin may precipitate or aggravate absence seizures and myoclonic seizures. Herbal preparations containing St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) should not be used while taking phenytoin due to the risk of decreased plasma concentrations and reduced clinical effects of phenytoin (see Section 4.5).

Suicidal ideation and behaviour have been reported in patients treated with anti-epileptic agents in several indications. A meta-analysis of randomised placebo controlled trials of anti-epileptic drugs has also shown a small increased risk of suicidal ideation and behaviour. The mechanism of this risk is not known and the available data do not exclude the possibility of an increased risk for Phenytoin Sodium.

Therefore patients should be monitored for signs of suicidal ideation and behaviours and appropriate treatment should be considered. Patients (and caregivers of patients) should be advised to seek medical advice should signs of suicidal ideation or behaviour emerge.

Hypersensitivity Syndrome / Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms
Hypersensitivity syndrome (HSS) or drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS) has been reported in patients taking anticonvulsant drugs, including phenytoin. Some of these events have been fatal or life threatening. HSS/DRESS typically, although not exclusively, presents with fever, rash, and/or lymphadenopathy, in association with other organ system involvement, such as hepatitis, nephritis, hematological abnormalities, myocarditis, myositis or pneumonitis. Initial symptoms may resemble an acute viral infection. Other common manifestations include arthralgias, jaundice, hepatomegaly, leukocytosis, and eosinophilia. The interval between the first drug exposure and symptoms is usually 2 to 4 weeks but has been reported in individuals receiving anticonvulsants for 3 or more months. . If such signs and symptoms occur, the patient should be evaluated immediately. Phenytoin should be discontinued if an alternative etiology for the signs and symptoms cannot be established.

Patients at higher risk for developing HSS/DRESS include black patients, patients who have experienced this syndrome in the past (with phenytoin or other anticonvulsant drugs), patients who have a family history of this syndrome, and immunosuppressed patients. The syndrome is more severe in previously sensitized individuals.

Serious Dermatologic Reactions
Phenytoin can cause rare, serious skin adverse events such as exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens – Johnson syndrome (SJS), and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN), which can be fatal. Although serious skin reactions may occur without warning, patients should be alert for the occurrence of rash and other symptoms of HSS/DRESS (see Section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use – Hypersensitivity Syndrome/Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms) and should seek medical advice from their physician immediately when observing any indicative signs or symptoms. The physician should advise the patient to discontinue treatment if the rash appears. If the rash is of a milder type (measles-like or scarlatiniform), therapy may be resumed after the rash has completely disappeared. If the rash recurs upon reinstitution of therapy, further phenytoin medication is contraindicated. The risk of serious skin reactions and other hypersensitivity reactions to phenytoin may be higher in black patients. Studies in patients of Chinese ancestry have found a strong association between the risk of developing SJS/TEN and the presence of human leukocyte antigen HLA-B*1502, an inherited allelic variant of the HLA-B gene, in patients using carbamazepine. Limited evidence suggests that HLA-B* 1502 may be a risk factor for the development of SJS/TEN in patients of Asian ancestry taking drugs associated with SJS/TEN, including phenytoin. Consideration should be given to avoiding use of drugs associated with SJS/TEN, including phenytoin, in HLA-B*1502-positive patients when alternative therapies are otherwise equally available. HLAB* 1502 may be associated with an increased risk of developing Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS) in individuals of Thai and Han Chinese Origin when treated with phenytoin. If these patients are known to be positive for HLAB*1502, the use of phenytoin should only be considered if the benefits are thought to exceed risks.

In the Caucasian and Japanese population, the frequency of HLAB*1502 allele is extremely low, and thus it is not possible at present to conclude on risk association. Adequate information about risk association in other ethnicities is currently not available.

Hepatic Injury or use in patients with renal/hepatic impairment
Phenytoin is highly protein bound and extensively metabolised by the liver. Reduced dosage to prevent accumulation and toxicity may therefore be required in patients with impaired liver function. Where protein binding is reduced, as in uraemia, unbound phenytoin serum levels will be increased. Due to an increased fraction of unbound phenytoin in patients with renal or hepatic disease, or in those with hypoalbuminemia, the interpretation of total phenytoin plasma concentrations should be made with caution. Unbound concentration of phenytoin may be elevated in patients with hyperbilirubinemia. Unbound phenytoin concentrations may be more useful in these patient populations.. Therefore, under these circumstances therapeutic control may be achieved with total phenytoin levels below the normal range of 10-20mg/l (40-80 micromoles/l). Unbound phenytoin concentrations may be more useful in these patient populations. Patients with impaired liver function, elderly patients or those who are gravely ill may show early signs of toxicity. The liver is the chief site of biotransformation of phenytoin

Toxic hepatitis and liver damage have been reported and may, in rare cases, be fatal.
Cases of acute hepatotoxicity, including infrequent cases of acute hepatic failure, have been reported with phenytoin. These incidents usually occur within the first 2 months of treatment and may be associated with HSS/DRESS (see Section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use – Hypersensitivity Syndrome/Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms). Patients with impaired liver function, elderly patients, or those who are gravely ill may show early signs of toxicity.

The clinical course of acute phenytoin hepatotoxicity ranges from prompt recovery to fatal outcomes. In these patients with acute hepatotoxicity, phenytoin should be immediately discontinued and not re-administered.The risk of hepatotoxicity and other hypersensitivity reactions to phenytoin may be higher in black patients.

Hematopoietic System
Hematopoietic complications, some fatal, have occasionally been reported in association with administration of phenytoin. These have included thrombocytopenia, leukopenia, granulocytopenia, agranulocytosis, and pancytopenia with or without bone marrow suppression.

There have been a number of reports suggesting a relationship between phenytoin and the development of lymphadenopathy (local or generalized) including benign lymph node hyperplasia, pseudolymphoma, lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease. Although a cause–and-effect relationship has not been established, the occurrence of lymphadenopathy indicates the need to differentiate such a condition from other types of lymph node pathology. Lymph node involvement may occur with or without signs and symptoms resembling HSS/DRESS (see Section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use – Hypersensitivity Syndrome/Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms). In all cases of lymphadenopathy, follow-up observation for an extended period is indicated and every effort should be made to achieve seizure control using alternative anticonvulsant drugs. While macrocytosis and megaloblastic anemia have occurred, these conditions usually respond to folic acid therapy. If folic acid is added to phenytoin therapy, a decrease in seizure control may occur.

Central Nervous System Effect
Serum levels of phenytoin sustained above the optimal range may produce confusional states referred to as “delirium”, “psychosis”, or “encephalopathy” or rarely irreversible cerebellar dysfunction and/or cerebellar atrophy. Accordingly, at the first sign of acute toxicity, serum drug level determinations are recommended. Dose reduction of phenytoin therapy is indicated if serum levels are excessive; if symptoms persist, termination of therapy with phenytoin is recommended.

Metabolic Effect
In view of isolated reports associating phenytoin with exacerbation of porphyria, caution should be exercised in using the medication in patients suffering from this disease.

Musculoskeletal Effect
Phenytoin and other anticonvulsants that have been shown to induce the CYP450 enzyme are thought to affect bone mineral metabolism indirectly by increasing the metabolism of Vitamin D3. This may lead to Vitamin D deficiency and heightened risk of osteomalacia, bone fractures, osteoporosis, hypocalcemia, and hypophosphatemia in chronically treated epileptic patients.

Phenytoin sodium contains Sodium:

Phenytoin sodium contains less than 1 mmol (23 mg) of sodium per tablet, that is to say it is essentially ‘sodium-free.

 4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Drug interactions
Phenytoin is extensively bound to serum plasma proteins and is prone to competitive displacement. Phenytoin is metabolized by hepatic cytochrome (CYP) P450 enzymes CYP2C9 and CYP2C19 and is particularly susceptible to inhibitory drug interactions because it is subject to saturable metabolism. Inhibition of metabolism may produce significant increases in circulating phenytoin concentrations and enhance the risk of drug toxicity.

Phenytoin is a potent inducer of hepatic drug-metabolizing enzymes and may reduce the levels of drugs metabolized by these enzymes. There are many drugs that may increase or decrease serum phenytoin levels or that phenytoin may affect. Serum level determinations for phenytoin are especially helpful when possible drug interactions are suspected.

The most commonly occurring drug interactions are listed below.

Drugs that may increase phenytoin serum levels

Table 1. Drugs That May Increase Phenytoin Serum Levels

Drug Classes Drugs in each Class (such as)
Alcohol (acute intake)
Analgesic/Anti-inflammatory agents Salicylates
Antibacterial agents Chloramphenicol






Anticonvulsants Oxcarbazepine

Sodium valproate



Antifungal agents Amphotericin B






Antineoplastic agents Capecitabine


Benzodiazepines /Psychotropic agents Chlordiazepoxide





Calcium channel blockers / Cardiovascular agents Amiodarone



H2-antagonists Cimetidine
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors Fluvastatin
Hormones Oestrogens
Immunosuppressant drugs Tacrolimus
Oral hypoglycemic agents Tolbutamide
Proton pump inhibitors Omeprazole
Serotonin re-uptake inhibitors Fluoxetine




a This list is not intended to be inclusive or comprehensive. Individual drug labels should be consulted.

Drugs that may decrease phenytoin serum levels:

Table 2. Drugs That May Decrease Phenytoin Serum Levels

Drug Classes Drugs in each Class (such as)
Alcohol (chronic intake)
Antibacterial agents Ciprofloxacin


Anticonvulsants Vigabatrin
Antineoplastic agent Bleomycin




Antiulcer agents Sucralfate
Antiretrovirals Fosamprenavir


Bronchodilators Theophylline
Cardiovascular agents Reserpine
Folic acid Folic acid
Hyperglycemic agents
St. John’s Wort St. John’s Wort

a This list is not intended to be inclusive or comprehensive. Individual drug labels should be consulted.

Serum levels of phenytoin can be reduced by concomitant use of the herbal preparations containing St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum). This is due to induction of drug metabolising enzymes by St John’s wort. Herbal preparations containing St John’s wort should therefore not be combined with phenytoin. The inducing effect may persist for at least 2 weeks after cessation of treatment with St John’s wort. If a patient is already taking St John’s wort check the anticonvulsant levels and stop St John’s wort. Anticonvulsant levels may increase on stopping St John’s wort. The dose of anticonvulsant may need adjusting.

.Drugs that may either increase or decrease phenytoin serum levels

Table 3. Drugs That May Either Increase Or Decrease Phenytoin Serum Levels

Drug Classes Drugs in each Class (such as)
Antibacterial agents Ciprofloxacin
Anticonvulsants Carbamazepine


Sodium valproate

Valproic acid

Antineoplastic agents
Psychotropic agents Chlordiazepoxide



a This list is not intended to be inclusive or comprehensive. Individual drug labels should be consulted.

Acute alcohol intake may increase phenytoin serum levels while chronic alcoholism may decrease serum levels

Drugs whose serum levels and/or effects may be altered by phenytoin.

Table 4 Drugs Whose Serum Levels and/or Effects May be Altered by Phenytoin

Drug Classes Drugs in each Class (such as)
Antibacterial agents Doxycycline


Anticonvulsants Carbamazepine



Sodium valproate

Valproic acid

Antifungal agents Posaconazole


Antineoplastic agents Methotrexate
Antiretrovirals Efavirenz






Bronchodilators Theophylline
Calcium channel blockers / Cardiovascular agents Digoxin






Coumarin anticoagulants Warfarin
Diuretics Furosemide
HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors Atorvastatin



Hormones Oestrogens

Oral contraceptives

Hyperglycemic agents
Immunosuppressant drugs
Neuromuscular blocking agents Pancuronium



Opioid analgesics Methadone
Oral hypoglycemic agents Tolbutamide
Psychotropic agents / Antidepressants Clozapine




Vitamin D Vitamin D


a This list is not intended to be inclusive or comprehensive. Individual drug labels should be consulted.

The effect of phenytoin on warfarin is variable and prothrombin times should be determined when these agents are combined.

Although not a true pharmacokinetic interaction, tricyclic antidepressants and phenothiazines may precipitate seizures in susceptible patients and phenytoin dosage may need to be adjusted.

Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions:
Phenytoin may cause a slight decrease in serum levels of total and free thyroxine, possibly as a result of enhanced peripheral metabolism. These changes do not lead to clinical hypothyroidism and do not affect the levels of circulating TSH. The latter can therefore be used for diagnosing hypothyroidism in the patient on phenytoin. Phenytoin does not interfere with uptake and suppression tests used in the diagnosis of hypothyroidism. It may, however, produce lower than normal values for dexamethasone or metapyrone tests. Phenytoin may cause raised serum levels of glucose, alkaline phosphatase, and gamma glutamyl transpeptidase and lowered serum levels of calcium and folic acid. It is recommended that serum folate concentrations be measured at least once every 6 months, and folic acid supplements given if necessary. Phenytoin may affect blood sugar metabolism tests.

 4.6 Fertility, Pregnancy and lactation
In animal studies, phenytoin had no direct effect on fertility.

Usage in Pregnancy
Phenytoin crosses the placenta.A number of reports suggest an association between the use of anticonvulsant drugs by women with epilepsy and a higher incidence of birth defects in children born to these women. Data are more extensive with respect to phenytoin and phenobarbital, but these are also the most commonly prescribed anticonvulsant drugs. Less systematic or anecdotal reports suggest a possible similar association with the use of all known anticonvulsant drugs.

There are intrinsic methodologic problems in obtaining adequate data on drug teratogenicity in humans. Genetic factors or the epileptic condition itself may be more important than drug therapy in leading to birth defects. The great majority of mothers on anticonvulsant medication deliver normal infants. It is important to note that anticonvulsant drugs should not be discontinued in patients in whom the drug is administered to prevent major seizures because of the strong possibility of precipitating status epilepticus with attendant hypoxia and threat to life. In individual cases where the severity and frequency of the seizure disorder are such that the removal of medication does not pose a serious threat to the patient, discontinuation of the drug may be considered prior to and during pregnancy although it cannot be said with any confidence that even minor seizures do not pose some hazard to the developing embryo or foetus.

Anticonvulsants including phenytoin may produce congenital abnormalities in the offspring of a small number of epileptic patients. The exact role of drug therapy in these abnormalities is unclear and genetic factors, in some studies, have also been shown to be important. Phenytoin sodium tablets should only be used during pregnancy, especially early pregnancy, if in the judgement of the physician the potential benefits clearly outweigh the risk.

In addition to the reports of increased incidence of congenital malformations, such as cleft lip/palate and heart malformations in children of women receiving phenytoin and other antiepileptic drugs, there have more recently been reports of a foetal hydantoin syndrome. This consists of prenatal growth deficiency, micro-encephaly and mental deficiency in children born to mothers who have received phenytoin, barbiturates, alcohol, or trimethadione. However, these features are all interrelated and are frequently associated with intrauterine growth retardation from other causes

There have been also isolated reports of malignancies, including neuroblastoma, in children whose mothers received phenytoin during pregnancy. An increase in seizure frequency during pregnancy occurs in a proportion of patients, and this may be due to altered phenytoin absorption or metabolism. Periodic measurement of serum phenytoin levels is particularly valuable in the management of a pregnant epileptic patient as a guide to an appropriate adjustment of dosage. However, postpartum restoration of the original dosage will probably be indicated.

Neonatal coagulation defects have been reported within the first 24 hours in babies born to epileptic mothers receiving phenytoin. Vitamin K1 has been shown to prevent or correct this defect and may be given to the mother before delivery and to the neonate after birth.

Phenytoin is teratogenic in rats, mice and rabbits, at levels considered to be therapeutic in man (for full details see section 5.3 Pre-clinical safety data).

Usage in Nursing Mothers

Breast-feeding is not recommended for women taking phenytoin because phenytoin appears to be secreted in low concentrations in human milk.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines
Caution is recommended in patients performing skilled tasks (e.g. driving or operating machinery) as treatment with phenytoin may cause central nervous system adverse effects such as dizziness and drowsiness (see Section 4.8).

 4.8 Undesirable Effects
The following adverse reactions have been reported with phenytoin (frequency unknown – cannot be estimated from available data):

Immune system reactions: Anaphylactoid reaction, and anaphylaxis.

Central Nervous System:
Adverse reactions in this body system are common and are usually dose-related. Reactions include nystagmus, ataxia, slurred speech, decreased co-ordination, mental confusion. Cerebellar atrophy has been reported and appears more likely in settings of high PHE levels and/or long-term PHE use (see Section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use – Central Nervous System Effect). Dizziness, vertigo, insomnia, transient nervousness, motor twitchings, taste perversion headache, parestheisa and somnolence have also been observed.

There have also been rare reports of phenytoin induced dyskinesias, including chorea, dystonia, tremor and asterixis, similar to those induced by phenothiazine and other neuroleptic drugs.

A predominantly sensory peripheral polyneuropathy has been observed in patients receiving long-term phenytoin therapy.

Gastrointestinal :

Nausea, vomiting and constipation.

Hepatobiliary disorders:

Acute hepatic failure, toxic hepatitis and liver damage (See Section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use – Hepatic Injury)

Dermatologic System:

Dermatological manifestations sometimes accompanied by fever have included scarlatiniform or morbilliform rashes. A morbilliform rash(measles-like) is the most common; other types of dermatitis are seen more rarely. Other more serious forms that may be fatal have included bullous, exfoliative or purpuric dermatitis, lupus erythematosus, like Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) (see section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use – Serious Dermatologic Reactions)

Connective Tissue System:
Coarsening of the facial features, enlargement of the lips, gingival hyperplasia, hirsutism, hypertrichosis, Peyronie’s Disease and Dupuytren’s contracture may occur rarely.

Haemopoietic System:
Haemopoietic complications, some fatal, have occasionally been reported in association with administration of phenytoin. These have included thrombocytopenia, leucopenia, granulocytopenia, agranulocytosis, pancytopenia with or without bone marrow suppression,. Macrocytosis and megaloblastic anaemia have occurred, Lymphadenopathy including benign lymph node hyperplasia, pseudolymphoma, lymphoma, and Hodgkin’s disease have been reported(see Section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use – Hematopoietic Effect).

Immune System:
HSS/DRESS (see Section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use – Hypersensitivity Syndrome/Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms), systemic lupus erythematosus, periarteritis nodosa, and immunoglobulin abnormalities.).

Investigations: Thyroid function test abnormal
Other: Polyarthropathy, interstitial nephritis, pneumonitis.

Musculoskeletal System:
There have been reports of decreased bone mineral density, osteopenia, osteoporosis and fractures in patients on long-term therapy with phenytoin. The mechanism by which phenytoin affects bone metabolism has not been identified. . However, phenytoin has been shown to induce the CYP450 enzyme, which can affect bone mineral metabolism indirectly by increasing the metabolism of Vitamin D3. This may lead to Vitamin D deficiency and heightened risk of osteomalacia, bone fractures, osteoporosis, hypocalcemia, and hypophosphatemia in chronically treated epileptic patients. Other disorders of bone metabolism such as hypocalcemia, hypophosphatemia and decreased levels of Vitamin D metabolites have also been reported.

Paediatric population
The adverse event profile of phenytoin is generally similar between children and adults, however, gingival hyperplasia occurs more frequently in paediatric patients and in patients with poor oral hygiene.

Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product.

 4.9 Overdose
Symptoms of overdose:
The lethal dose in children is not known. The mean lethal dose for adults is estimated to be 2 to 5g. The initial symptoms are nystagmus, ataxia and dysarthria. Irreversible cerebellar dysfunction and cerebellar atrophy have been reported. The patient then becomes comatose, the pupils are unresponsive and hypotension occurs followed by respiratory depression and apnoea. Death is due to respiratory and circulatory depression.

There are marked variations among individuals with respect to phenytoin serum levels where toxicity may occur. Nystagmus on lateral gaze usually appears at 20mg/l, and ataxia at 30mg/l, dysarthria and lethargy appear when the serum concentration is greater than 40mg/l, but a concentration as high as 50mg/l has been reported without evidence of toxicity.

As much as 25 times therapeutic dose has been taken to result in serum concentration over 100mg/l (400 micromoles/l) with complete recovery.

Treatment of overdose:
Treatment is non-specific since there is no known antidote. If ingested within the previous 4 hours the stomach should be emptied. If the gag reflex is absent, the airway should be supported. Oxygen, and assisted ventilation may be necessary for central nervous system, respiratory and cardiovascular depression. Haemodialysis, can be considered since phenytoin is not completely bound to plasma proteins. Total exchange transfusion has been utilised in the treatment of severe intoxication in children.

In acute overdosage the possibility of the presence of other CNS depressants, including alcohol, should be borne in mind.


5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties
Pharmacotherapeutic group: antiepileptic, hydantoin derivative

Phenytoin is effective in various animal models of generalised convulsive disorders, reasonably effective in models of partial seizures but relatively ineffective in models of myoclonic seizures.

It appears to stabilise rather than raise the seizure threshold and prevents spread of seizure activity rather than abolish the primary focus of seizure discharge.

The mechanism by which phenytoin exerts its anticonvulsant action has not been fully elucidated however, possible contributory effects include:

  1. Non-synaptic effects to reduce sodium conductance, enhance active sodium extrusion, block repetitive firing and reduce post-tetanic potentiation
  2. Post-synaptic action to enhance gaba-mediated inhibition and reduce excitatory synaptic transmission
  3. Pre-synaptic actions to reduce calcium entry and block release of neurotransmitter.

 5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties
Phenytoin is absorbed from the small intestine after oral administration. Various formulation factors may affect the bioavailability of phenytoin, however, non-linear techniques have estimated absorption to be essentially complete.

After absorption it is distributed into body fluid including CSF. Its volume of distribution has been estimated to be between 0.52 and 1.19 litres/kg, and it is highly protein bound (usually 90% in adults). The plasma half-life of phenytoin in man averages 22 hours with a range of 7 to 42 hours. . Steady state therapeutic drug levels are achieved at least 7 to 10 days after initiation of therapy.

Phenytoin is hydroxylated in the liver by an enzyme system which is saturable. Small incremental doses may produce very substantial increases in serum levels when these are in the upper range of therapeutic concentrations.

The parameters controlling elimination are also subject to wide interpatient variation. The serum level achieved by a given dose is therefore also subject to wide variation.

Patients with Renal or Hepatic Disease: Increased fraction of unbound phenytoin in patients with renal or hepatic disease, or in those with hypoalbuminemia or hyperbilirubinemia has been reported (see section 4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use-General).

Age: Phenytoin clearance tends to decrease with increasing age (20% less in patients over 70 years of age relative to that in patients 20-30 years of age). Phenytoin dosing requirements are highly variable and must be individualized (see section 4.2 Posology and method of administration-Dosing in Elderly Patients).

 5.3 Preclinical safety data
Phenytoin causes embryo fetal death and growth retardation in rats, mice, and rabbits. Phenytoin is teratogenic in rats (craniofacial defects including cleft palate, cardiovascular malformations, neural and renal defects, and limb abnormalities), mice (cleft lip, cleft palate, neural and renal defects, limb abnormalities, and digital and ocular abnormalities) and rabbits (cleft palate, limb abnormalities, and digital and ocular abnormalities). The defects produced are similar to major malformations observed in humans and abnormalities described for fetal hydantoin syndrome. The teratogenic effects of phenytoin in animals occur at therapeutic exposures, and therefore a risk to the patients cannot be ruled out.

Two year carcinogenicity studies in mice and rats showed an increased number of hepatocellular adenomas in mice, but not rats, at plasma concentrations relevant for humans. The clinical significance of these rodent tumours is unknown.

Genetic toxicity studies showed that phenytoin was not mutagenic in bacteria or in mammalian cells in vitro. It is clastogenic in vitro but not in vivo.


6.1 List of excipients
Tablet core:
Tablet core:
Magnesium stearate
Croscarmellose sodium

Tablet coat:
Macrogol 400
Titanium dioxide
Sodium lauryl sulfate

6.2 Incompatibilities
Not applicable.

6.3  Shelf life
4 years

6.4 Special precautions for storage
Store in the original package in order to protect from moisture.
Keep the HDPE bottle tightly closed.

6.5 Nature and contents of container
Polyamide/ Aluminium/ PVC// Aluminium blister pack:
10, 14, 20, 28, 30, 50, 60, 84, 100, 112, 200 and 250 film-coated tablets.
HDPE container with a polypropylene closure and silica gel desiccant:
30 film-coated tablets.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling
No special requirements.

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– If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet (see section 4).

What is in this leaflet
1. What Phenytoin Tablets is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you take Phenytoin Tablets
3. How to take Phenytoin Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Phenytoin Tablets
6. Contents of the pack and other information

The active ingredient in Phenytoin Tablets is called phenytoin sodium. Phenytoin belongs to a group of medicines called anticonvulsants which prevent fits.
Phenytoin Tablets are used in the control of seizures due to various types of epilepsy. They can also be used to treat seizures during or after brain surgery and/or serious head injuries.
In addition they may also be used in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia (face pain) if carbamazepine does not work or cannot be taken.

Do not take Phenytoin Tablets if you:
• are allergic to phenytoin, other similar anticonvulsant medicines or any of the other ingredients of this medicine listed in section 6)
• are allergic to other medicines for epilepsy
• are taking medicines for HIV infection, such as delavirdine.

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking Phenytoin Tablets if you suffer from or have suffered in the past from any of the following conditions:
·  Liver disease
· Porphyria (an inherited disease that affects haemoglobin biosynthesis)
· Alcohol dependence.

A small number of people being treated with anti-epileptics such as phenytoin sodium have had thoughts of harming or killing themselves. If at any time you have these thoughts, immediately contact your doctor.

Potentially life-threatening skin rashes (Stevens- Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis) have been reported with the use of Phenytoin, appearing initially as reddish target-like spots or circular patches often with central blisters on the trunk. Additional signs to look for include ulcers in the mouth, throat, nose, genitals and conjunctivitis (red and swollen eyes). These potentially life-threatening skin rashes are often accompanied by flu-like symptoms. The rash may progress to widespread blistering or peeling of the skin.

The highest risk for occurrence of serious skin reactions is within the first weeks of treatment.

If you have developed Stevens-Johnson syndrome or toxic epidermal necrolysis with the use of phenytoin, you must not be re-started on phenytoin at any time.

If you develop a rash or these skin symptoms, stop taking Phenytoin Tablets, seek urgent advice from a doctor and tell him that you are taking this medicine.

This risk of these serious skin side effects may be associated with a variant in genes in a subject of Chinese or Thai origin. If you are of such origin and have been tested positively carrying this genetic variant (HLA-B*1502), discuss this with your doctor before taking Phenytoin Tablets.

Phenytoin may affect the breakdown of the sugar, glucose, and may prevent the release of the hormone, insulin which could lead to high blood sugar. This is particularly important if you are diabetic.

Black patients may be at greater risk of loiver problems, serious skin reactions and allergic reactions.

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before taking Phenytoin Tablets if you:
• have liver, kidney or thyroid problems
• if you suffer from absence (petit mal) seizures or myoclonic seizures (brief, shock-like jerks of a muscle or group of muscles)
• if you are currently taking an alternative antiepileptic
• are being fed through a tube or into a vein
• suffer from diabetes mellitus
• are an alcoholic
• suffer from any blood disorders
• have a fever with a temperature above 38ºC for more than 24 hours
• are elderly (aged 65 years or older) or the patient is a neonate (a newborn infant aged less than four weeks)
• are suffering from a long term or chronic illness
• have porphyria
• have a high level of urea in the blood (uraemia)
• suffer from AIDS and have kidney problems or a low blood albumin level
• are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or you are breast feeding.
If any of the above statements apply to you, you should speak to your doctor before taking Phenytoin Tablets.

You should make sure you have enough vitamin D in your diet, or get enough exposure to sunshine, while taking Phenytoin Tablets.

Required tests
If you are required to have blood tests for any reasons other than your treatment with phenytoin, you should let your doctor or nurse know you are taking this medication since Phenytoin Tablets may interfere with various laboratory tests including tests for liver and thyroid function and blood sugar levels.

You will be required to have regular blood tests when you are taking these tablets and your liver and thyroid will be monitored.

You will also need to have tests to monitor your brain function and physical examinations including dental check-ups.

Other medicines and Phenytoin Tablets
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines or herbal products, even those you may have bought yourself without a prescription.

Please particularly check with your doctor if you are taking or need to take any of the following:

Other medicines used to treat epilepsy:
• such as sodium valproate, clonazepam, oxcarbazepine, carbamazepine, lamotrigine, tiagabine, topiramate, phenobarbital, ethosuximide, primodone and vigabatrin

Medicines that help your nervous system or brain:
• methylphenidate or modafinil, nervous system stimulants
• levodopa used to treat Parkinson’s Disease
• medicines used to treat depression such as bupropion, tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), maprotiline, fluoxetine, sertraline, fluvoxamine, trazodone, viloxazine, mianserin and paroxetine
• medicines used to treat anxiety such as diazepam, chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam or other benzodiazepines
• medicines used to treat sleeplessness, depression and psychiatric disorders such as clozapine, quetiapine, sertindole, haloperidol, phenothiazines, thioxanthines, loxapine, and lithium
• the herbal remedy St John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum).

Medicines that fight infections:
• antibiotics such as isoniazid, chloramphenicol, clarithromycin, cycloserine, metronidazole, co-trimoxazole, trimethoprim, other sulphonamides, rifamycin, rifampicin and doxycycline, sulfadiazine, sulfamethiazole, sulfamethoxazole – trimethoprim, sulfaphenazole, sulfisoxazole, ciprofloxacin
• medicines used to treat fungal infections e.g. miconazole, fluconazole, ketoconazole, Amphotericin B, voriconazole, posaconazole and itraconazole
• medicines used to treat virus infections such as indinavir, nelfinavir, lopinavir, saquinavir and zidovudine
• medicines used to treat malaria e.g. pyrimethamine
• influenza (flu) virus vaccine

Medicines to treat cardiovascular or lung problems:
• medicines used to treat heart problems such as, mexilitine, amiodarone, quinidine, disopyramide, cardiac glycosides (e.g. digoxin and digitoxin)
• medicines to treat high blood pressure e.g. diazoxide, diltiazem, nifedipine, verapamil, felodipine, isradipine, nisoldipine and nicardapine
• medicines to prevent blood clots e.g. coumarin, nicoumalone, dicoumarol, warfarin and ticlopidine
• acetazolamide, a diuretic (water tablet), also used for mountain sickness
• medicines used to treat breathing difficulties including asthma and bronchitis, such as theophylline

Medicines to treat gastric problems:
• medicines used to treat stomach ulcers e.g. cimetidine, esomeprazole, omeprazole and sucralfate, ranitidine, famotidine and some antacids.
• medicines containing calcium including antacids used to treat indigestion (take them two to three hours before or after taking your phenytoin tablets)

Anti cancer medicines:
• methotrexate, bleomycin, carmustine, cisplatin, vinblastine, capecitabine, fluorouracil, levamisonle, busulfan, etoposide and imatinib.
• toremifene and tamoxifen, used to treat breast cancer

Alcohol and drugs of abuse:
• alcohol
• medicines used to treat alcohol abuse e.g. disulfiram
• medicines to treat drug abuse e.g. methadone

Other medicines:
• hormone containing medicines including oestrogens, oral contraceptives (the birth control pill), gestrinone and tibolone
• medicines used for pain relief and inflammation such as aspirin, paracetamol, phenylbutazone or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or azapropazone. (Do not take Phenytoin Tablets if you are taking azapropazone)
• levothyroxine used to treat thyroid problems
• steroids, used to treat a variety of conditions e.g. fludrocortisone, dexamethasone, methylprednisolone, prednisolone, prednisone and other glucocorticoids.
• medicines used to treat diabetes including tolbutamide and repaglinide. (Do not take Phenytoin Tablets if you are taking repaglinide)
• anaesthetics (enfluane, halothane and methoxyflurane)
• medicines used to relax the muscles during an anaesthetic, such as pancuronium.
• vitamin D, folic acid and folinic acid
• sulfinpyrazone, used to treat gout
• medicines used to expel parasitic worms from the body such as mebendazole and praziquantel
• medicines used to treat immune system disorders such as leflunomide, tacrolimus and ciclosporin

Phenytoin Tablets with alcohol
Your Phenytoin Tablets may not work properly if you drink alcohol whilst taking them. Pregnancy and breast-feeding You should speak to your doctor about your epilepsy treatment if you are planning to become pregnant. If you get pregnant whilst taking Phenytoin Tablets you should tell the doctor straight away. It is important that your epilepsy remains well controlled but as with other anti-epilepsy treatments, phenytoin can damage the nervous system of unborn babies as well as cause other effects. Your doctor may advise you to take extra folic acid if you’re planning to become pregnant and while you’re pregnant. If taken during pregnancy Phenytoin Tablets may also cause bleeding in the infant and mother. The risk of this may be reduced by the administration of vitamin K around the time of delivery.

Phenytoin passes into breast milk.
Breastfeeding is not recommended while taking phenytoin.
You should speak to your doctor if you wish to breast-feed whilst taking Phenytoin Tablets

Driving and using machines
You will need to discuss with your doctor whether you should drive or operate machinery, which will depend on how well your fits are controlled. Phenytoin Tablets may cause you to feel drowsy, dizzy or uncoordinated. If you experience any of these symptoms, you should not drive or operate machinery.

Phenytoin Tablets contain sucrose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal product.

Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Unless instructed differently, take your tablets with a glass of water.

The starting dose of Phenytoin Tablets in adults and the elderly varies from person to person and depends on body weight, but is usually 3 to 4mg/kg.
The usual maintenance dose is 200 to 500mg daily as a single or divided doses.

Children and infants
The starting dose of Phenytoin Tablets in children and infants depends on body weight, but is usually 5mg/kg in two or three doses. The usual maintenance dose is 4 to 8mg/kg daily in divided doses. The maximum dose is 300mg a day.

Neonates (Infants aged less than four weeks)
It is important that the levels of phenytoin are measured since the absorption of phenytoin in neonates is variable.

The same doses may be given as for other adults unless you have liver or kidney problems or a low albumin level in your blood.
These doses may be adjusted by your doctor.

Patients with liver problems
If you have liver problems a reduced dose will be given.

If you take more Phenytoin Tablets than you should
If you take more Phenytoin Tablets than you should, contact your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital casualty department immediately. Take this leaflet and any remaining tablets with you.
If you accidentally take too many tablets, initially you may have blurred vision, involuntary movement of the eyes from side to side, loss of coordination, fits and slurred speech. This may be followed by unconsciousness, enlarged or fixed pupils and low blood pressure.
Serious breathing and blood circulation problems can be life-threatening.

If you forget to take Phenytoin Tablets
If you miss a dose of Phenytoin Tablets, take another dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, then do not take the missed dose at all. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

Stopping Phenytoin Tablets
Do not stop taking this medicine without speaking to your doctor first. Phenytoin Tablets should be withdrawn slowly as sudden withdrawal may cause your fits/epilepsy to reoccur.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Potentially life-threatening skin rashes (Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis) have been reported rarely (see section 2).

If you experience any of the following side effects, contact your doctor immediately:
• fever, sore throat, mouth ulcers, bruising or bleeding which may be caused by blood disorders
• rash or acne, particularly if associated with fever, redness and blistering of the skin (this can also affect the mouth and tongue)
• sudden wheeziness, difficulty in breathing, swelling of the eyelids, face or lips, rash or itching (especially affecting the whole body) as this may be due to an allergic reaction
• yellowing of the skin and/or whites of the eyes which may be due to a liver reaction
• large lymph glands, since these can be a sign of cancer of the lymph system

Other side effects to tell your doctor about immediately include:
• involuntary movement of the eyes from side to side
• seeing double
• more frequent seizures
• high blood sugar (which may cause extreme thirst)
• loss of coordination, slurred speech, confusion and twitching (‘tics’)
• involuntary movements or spasms (muscle contractions)
• shaking
• pins and needles or numbness of your hands and fingers or the loss of the sensation of pain
• effects on mental function and the ability to think (especially in children)

If you get any of the above side effects, you should tell your doctor immediately, since the level of phenytoin in your blood may be too high.

Common side effects include:
• loss of appetite
• headache
• dizziness
• nervousness
• sleeping problems
• drowsiness
• feeling sick
• being sick
• constipation
• gum problems (particularly in younger patients)
• increased body hair in females.

Other side effects include:
• enlargement of facial features
• enlargement of lips
• men may experience genital pain or abnormal bending of the penis when sexually aroused (Peyronie’s disease), or breast enlargement
• fatigue (feeling tired), feeling unwell, flu like symptoms, muscle or joint pains, or lumps on your legs
• hepatitis (a liver disease) or other liver problems
• kidney problems
• lung problems
• bent fingers (Dupuytrens’ contracture)
• bone problems due to low levels of calcium or vitamin D
• swelling of glands around the mouth
• increased levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in your blood

There have been reports of bone disorders including osteopenia and osteoporosis (thinning of the bone) and fractures. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are on long-term antiepileptic medication, have a history of osteoporosis, or take steroids.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Phenytoin Tablets must be kept out of the sight and reach of children.

• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the packet. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• The tablets should not be used if they show any signs of deterioration such as discolouration.
• Phenytoin Tablets should not be stored above 25°C. The tablets should be kept in their original container, in order to protect from moisture. Do not transfer the tablets to another container.
• Two desiccants have been placed on top of the tablets. These are not to be eaten; they protect the tablets from moisture.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.


What Phenytoin Tablets contain
The active substance is phenytoin sodium.
a) Each film-coated tablet contains: Phenytoin sodium USP   50mg
b) Each film-coated tablet contains: Phenytoin sodium USP  100mg
The other ingredients are icing sugar, calcium hydrogen phosphate, sucrose, purified water, magnesium stearate, Byco-C (gelatin), titanium dioxide (E171), sucrose, talc and Opaglos 6000P (E901, E903, E904).

What Phenytoin Tablets look likeand contentsof the pack
The tablets are white, circular, sugar coated tablets that are rounded on both sides.
The registered pack sizes are 100, 250, 500, 1000 and 5000 tablets in polyethylene/polypropylene containers.

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