Medications


Fosphenytoin Sodium Injection 50 mg (PE)/mL

Uses

This medicine is used for the following purposes:

  • prevent seizures
  • seizures

Instructions

This is an IV medicine. It is given through a sterile tube directly into the vein by a healthcare provider.

This medicine should be given by a trained health care provider.

You must be monitored by a health care professional during and after each dose is given.

Please tell your doctor and pharmacist about all the medicines you take. Include both prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Also tell them about any vitamins, herbal medicines, or anything else you take for your health.

Contact your doctor if your seizures do not improve or worsen while on this medicine.

Do not suddenly stop taking this medicine. Check with your doctor before stopping.

If you need to stop this medicine, your doctor may wish to gradually reduce the dosage before stopping.

This medicine may affect your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, talk to your doctor before changing the dose of your diabetes medicine.

It is very important that you follow your doctor's instructions for all blood tests.

It is very important that you keep all appointments for medical exams and tests while on this medicine.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine. Symptoms of an allergic reaction can include trouble breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness.

Some patients taking this medicine have experienced serious side effects. Please speak with your doctor to understand the risks and benefits associated with this medicine.

Your ability to stay alert or to react quickly may be impaired by this medicine. Do not drive or operate machinery until you know how this medicine will affect you.

Do not drink beverages with alcohol while on this medicine.

Tell the doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant, planning to be pregnant, or breastfeeding.

Do not use this medicine if you are pregnant. If you become pregnant while on this medicine, contact your doctor immediately.

Ask your pharmacist if this medicine can interact with any of your other medicines. Be sure to tell them about all the medicines you take.

Do not start or stop any other medicines without first speaking to your doctor or pharmacist.

Side Effects

The following is a list of some common side effects from this medicine. Please speak with your doctor about what you should do if you experience these or other side effects.

  • dizziness
  • drowsiness or sedation
  • headaches
  • reaction at the area of the injection (pain, redness, swelling)
  • nausea

Call your doctor or get medical help right away if you notice any of these more serious side effects:

  • decreased awareness or responsiveness
  • loss of balance
  • bleeding that is severe or takes longer to stop
  • unusual bruising or discoloration on skin
  • chest pain
  • ear problems (ringing in the ears, hearing loss)
  • swelling of the face, mouth, tongue or throat
  • fainting
  • fever
  • flu-like symptoms
  • blue coloring of hands or feet
  • fast or irregular heart beats
  • slow heartbeat
  • itching
  • symptoms of liver damage (such as yellowing of skin or eyes, dark urine, unusual tiredness or weakness; severe stomach or back pain)
  • uncontrollable movement of face, tongue, arms or legs
  • tight or rigid muscles
  • feeling of numbness or tingling in your hands and feet
  • skin irritation such as redness, itching, rash, or burning
  • shakiness
  • shortness of breath
  • red, peeling or blistering skin
  • difficulty speaking
  • difficulty swallowing
  • unsteadiness while walking
  • blurring or changes of vision

A few people may have an allergic reaction to this medicine. Symptoms can include difficulty breathing, skin rash, itching, swelling, or severe dizziness. If you notice any of these symptoms, seek medical help quickly.

Extra

Please speak with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if you have any questions about this medicine.

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IMPORTANT NOTE: This document tells you briefly how to take your medicine, but it does not tell you all there is to know about it.Your doctor or pharmacist may give you other documents about your medicine. Please talk to them if you have any questions.Always follow their advice. There is a more complete description of this medicine available in English.Scan this code on your smartphone or tablet or use the web address below. You can also ask your pharmacist for a printout. If you have any questions, please ask your pharmacist.


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