Epilepsy Patient Information Fact Sheet

What is epilepsy? Epilepsy is a disease of the central nervous system (CNS) that can cause excess electrical activity in the brain. This excess activity can lead to sudden loss of consciousness, often accompanied by abnormal sensations or movements. These episodes are usually referred to as seizures. 

Cerebellar Atrophy is a side effect from epilepsy medicine.

In the U.S., around 3 million people are thought to suffer from epilepsy. The disease affects people of all ages; many develop epilepsy in childhood and people over the age of 60 are also more likely to develop the condition. Although epilepsy is often thought of as a single condition, there are in fact as many as 40 different types of seizures. Seizures are individual and affect everyone differently. Recovery time after a seizure will also vary from person to person. ..

DILANTIN Phenytoin sodium 30mg, 100mg; ext-rel caps. Central Nervous System > Seizure disorders

DILANTIN INFATABS Phenytoin 50mg; chewable tabs. Central Nervous System > Seizure disorders

DILANTIN SUSPENSION Phenytoin 125mg/5mL; max alcohol 0.6%. Central Nervous System >

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VIDEO: FDA evaluates phenytoin. The FDA is investigating the possibility that phenytoin and fosphenytoin sodium increases the risk of epilepsy side effects cerebellar atrophy.

Epilepsy Patient Information Fact Sheet This patient information fact sheet provides information on the definition, causes, symptoms, diagnostic tests, treatments and self-help measures for epilepsy. January 10, 2012


Cerebral atrophy a diseases that affect the brain linked to Dilantin drug side effects.

Cerebral Atrophy of any tissue means loss of cells. In brain tissue, atrophy describes a loss of neurons and the connections between them.  Cerebral Atrophy can be generalized, which means that all of the brain has shrunk; or it can be focal, affecting only a limited area of the brain and resulting in a decrease of the functions that area of the brain controls.

If the cerebral hemispheres (the two lobes of the brain that form the cerebrum) are affected, conscious thought and voluntary processes may be impaired.