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Dilantin Lawsuit

Dilantin Lawsuit

The long-term side effects of Dilantin include an increased risk of cerebellar degeneration, also known as cerebellar atrophy, a condition involving progressive brain degeneration.

What You Can Do & How We Can Help

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Dilantin induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cerebellar atrophy or cerebellar degeneration, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

What is Dilantin?

Dilantin® (phenytoin) is an anti-epileptic medication that is prescribed for people who suffer from epilepsy and seizures. One of the most significant side effects of Dilantin is cerebellar degeneration.

What is Cerebellar Degeneration?

Cerebellar degeneration (also known as “brain atrophy” or “cerebellar atrophy”) occurs when the brain loses neurons, tissues, and the connections between them. In some cases, the entire brain shrinks, but in other people it only affects a specific part of the brain.

Atrophy of the Cerebellum

Cerebellar atrophy involves a progressive degeneration of the cerebellum, which is a part of the brain that is located behind the brain stem and under the cerebrum. The cerebellum is responsible for controlling speech, posture, balance, coordination, and movements.

Symptoms of Cerebellar Degeneration

  • Lack of balance
  • Unsteady walk
  • Slow movements
  • Jerky movements in arms or legs
  • Slurred speech
  • Tremors
  • Shaking
  • Rapid eye movements
  • Memory loss

What is the Problem?

Studies have found that cerebellar atrophy may occur after long-term treatment with Dilantin, especially in patients on very high doses of Dilantin. Cerebellar atrophy is also caused by long-term seizures.

Treatment & Recovery

Treatment for cerebellar atrophy may be possible when it is localized or limited to a small area of the brain. Doctors may recommend reducing the dose of Dilantin or gradually switching medications.

Unfortunately, when patients have been taking high doses of Dilantin for many years, the damage from cerebellar degeneration may be permanent. They may suffer from incurable muscle ataxia (loss of muscle coordination) and treatments may focus on helping patients use other muscles to perform daily tasks and remain independent.

Other Side Effects of Dilantin

Dilantin is also associated with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS). This severe, life-threatening skin reaction is more likely in people with Asian or African-African genetics, according to the FDA. The skin reaction begins as a rash with fever. In severe cases, patients lose the top layer of skin and suffer complications like infection, scarring, or death.

Do I have a Dilantin Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Dilantin induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been diagnosed with cerebellar atrophy or cerebellar degeneration, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Defective Drug Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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