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    Information about Fosphenytoin

    Fosphenytoin uses

    Fosphenytoin is used in the treatment of epilepsy.

    How fosphenytoin works

    Fosphenytoin controls seizures or fits by suppressing the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

    Common side effects of fosphenytoin

    Headache, Nausea, Vomiting, Sleepiness, Dry mouth, Dizziness, Blurred vision, Itching, Paresthesia (tingling or pricking sensation), Nystagmus (involuntary eye movement), Tremor, Decreased blood pressure, Euphoria (feeling of intense excitement and happiness), Uncoordinated body movement, Altered taste, Ringing in ear, Slurred speech

    Available Medicine for Fosphenytoin

    • ₹52 to ₹383
      Zydus Cadila
      3 variant(s)
    • ₹39 to ₹191
      Intas Pharmaceuticals Ltd
      2 variant(s)
    • ₹45
      Neon Laboratories Ltd
      1 variant(s)
    • ₹32 to ₹151
      Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
      2 variant(s)

    Expert advice for Fosphenytoin

    • Immediately consult your doctor if you develop any suicidal thoughts, swelling, discoloration or pain at the injection site, serious skin infections such as rash, blisters, itching and fever while on treatment with fosphenytoin.  
    • Avoid consumption of alcohol while being treated with fosphenytoin as it may worsen the side effects.
    • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking fosphenytoin as it causes dizziness.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to get pregnant or breastfeeding.
    • Do not take if allergic to fosphenytoin or any of its ingredients.
    • Do not take if suffering from heart diseases affecting the heart rhythm (e.g. slow heartbeat, certain heart blocks.).
    • Do not take if suffering from disorder of abnormal red blood cell generation (acute intermittent porphyria).

    Frequently asked questions for Fosphenytoin


    Q. Is fosphenytoin a vesicant?
    Yes, fosphenytoin is a vesicant
    Q. Why is fosphenytoin better than Dilantin?
    Dilantin is a brand name of phenytoin. Fosphenytoin does not have side effects which are commonly associated with the use of phenytoin (when injected intravenously or intramuscularly) such as injection site irritation and sudden changes in the heart rate (arrhythmia), hence fosphenytoin is better than Dilantin.

    Content on this page was last updated on 05 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)