PHENYTOIN injectable

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    Prescription under medical supervision


    Therapeutic action

    • Anticonvulsant


    • Emergency treatment of convulsive status epilepticus

    Forms and strengths, route of administration

    • 250 mg in 5 ml ampoule (50 mg/ml) for infusion in 0.9% sodium chloride


    Dosage and duration

    • Child 1 month and over and adult: one dose of 15 to 20 mg/kg to be administered over 20 minutes minimum and 60 minutes maximum
    • The concentration of the diluted solution should be between 5 and 10 mg/ml. The infusion rate should not exceed 1 mg/kg/minute or 50 mg/minute (25 mg/minute in elderly patients or patients with cardiac disorders).

    For example:
    Child weighing 8 kg: 160 mg (20 mg x 8 kg), i.e. 3.2 ml of phenytoin in 17 ml of 0.9% sodium chloride over 30 minutes
    Adult weighing 50 kg: 1 g (20 mg x 50 kg), i.e. 20 ml of phenytoin in a bag of 100 ml of 0.9% sodium chloride over 30 minutes

    Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

    • Do not administer in patients with bradycardia, atrioventricular block.
    • Administer with caution in patients with hepatic impairment (reduce dosage), heart failure, cardiac rhythm disorders, hypotension.
    • Administer with caution in patients taking:
      • sulfonamides, chloramphenicol, fluconazole, isoniazid, fluoxetine (effects of phenytoin increased);
      • rifampicin , ciprofloxacin, ritonavir, folic acid (effects of phenytoin decreased).
    • May cause:
      • hypotension, bradycardia, conduction disorders, depression of the central nervous system when administered too quickly;
      • irritation or swelling at injection site; necrosis in the event of extravasation;
      • decreased coordination, confusion, dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting; 
      • hepatotoxicity; haematologic disorders; allergic and cutaneous reactions, sometimes severe.
    • Use a large catheter.
    • Monitor closely heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate during and after administration. Reduce the infusion rate in the event of a drop in blood pressure or bradycardia.
    • For women taking estroprogestogen, use condoms until next menstruation (decreases the efficacy of the contraceptive).
    • Pregnancy and breast-feeding: risks related to status epilepticus are greater than risks related to phenytoin.


    • Never dilute phenytoin in glucose (risk of precipitation).
    • After each infusion, rinse with 0.9% sodium chloride to limit local venous irritation due to alkaline pH of phenytoin.
    • Do not mix with other drugs in the same infusion.


    –  Below 25 °C 
    If refrigerated a deposit may form in the solution that later dissolves at room temperature. Check the solution is completely clear before administration.