Phenytoin Induced Psychosis: A Case Report

    Published on:October 2018
    Journal of Young Pharmacists, 2018; 10(4):491-493
    Case Report | doi:10.5530/jyp.2018.10.108

    Tenzin Tsundue1,2, Lekkala Ajith1,2, Khayati Moudgil1,2,*

    1Department of Pharmacy Practice, JSS College of Pharmacy, Udhagamandalam, The Nilgiris, Tamilnadu- 643 001, INDIA.

    2JSS Academy of Higher Education and Research, Mysore, Karnataka, INDIA.


    An adverse drug reaction is a causal relationship between a drug and an event. Alcohol consumption remains a huge threat to the global health. A seizure is an event accompanied with loss of motor activity and alterations in the patients EEG. Phenytoin is one of the most commonly employed anti-seizure medications. Manifestations of chronic phenytoin use may induce phenytoin toxicity and psychosis. Here we report a case of a 45 year old male patient with probable phenytoin induced psychosis while being treated for seizures in the in-patient ward. The long term use of phenytoin may manifest psychotic symptoms in certain population. There is a definite need of more evidence in this field and proper diagnostic and management approaches.

    Key words: Adverse drug reaction, Alcohol, Phenytoin, Probable, Psychosis, Seizures.

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