Which medications in the drug class Anticonvulsants, Hydantoins are used in the treatment of Meningitis?

Updated: Jul 16, 2019
  • Author: Rodrigo Hasbun, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Michael Stuart Bronze, MD  more...
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Anticonvulsants, Hydantoins

Anticonvulsants are used to help aggressively control seizures (if present) in acute meningitis, because seizure activity increases ICP.

Phenytoin (Dilantin, Phenytek)

Phenytoin works on the motor cortex, where it may inhibit the spread of seizure activity. The activity of brainstem centers responsible for the tonic phase of grand mal seizures may also be inhibited. Dosing should be individualized. Doses of 15 mg/kg have been used.

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