Also Known As: Dilantin, Phenytoin, Phenytoin sodium, Phenytek
Phenytoin sodium is a commonly used antiepileptic. Phenytoin (fÅ“nit'oin, IPA) acts to suppress the abnormal brain activity seen in seizure by reducing electrical conductance among brain cells by stabilizing the inactive state of voltage-gated sodium channels. Aside from seizures, it is an option in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia in the event that carbamazepine or other first-line treatment seems inappropriate.
It is sometimes considered a class 1b antiarrhythmic.