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Dilantin`s impact on blood cell counts

06/05/2009

Question:

I`ve been taking Dilantin since October of 2008 following two grand mal seizures. I take 530 mg a day. I know that Dilantin can lower the white blood cell count, which has happened to me. However, my red blood cell count is also low as is my platelet count. I`m now taking iron for the red blood cell count. Can Dilantin impact the red blood cell or platelet as well?

Answer:

It is very unusual for Dilantin to affect RBC and platelets. I suggest you make sure your physician has carefully evaluated all possible causes of low RBC and platelets.

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Response by:

Michael   Privitera, MD Michael Privitera, MD
Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati