How the interaction occurs:
Chronic alcohol consumption may prevent your liver from properly processing hydantoin containing medicines.
What might happen:
The amount of phenytoin in your blood may increase, causing more side effects or it may decrease, which may result in seizures.
What you should do about this interaction:
Avoid drinking alcohol prior to starting the phenytoin therapy. Alcohol is also contained in many medicines. Discuss the amount of alcohol in your medicines with your healhcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist).If you experience nausea, vomiting, confusion, dizziness, other symptoms, or any signs of seizures (abnormal auras or motor movements), contact your doctor. Your doctor may want to check the amount of phenytoin in your blood or change the dose of phenytoin.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine or the consumption of alcohol without checking with them first.
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