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Dilantin(dī`lăntĭn), trade name for diphenylhydantoin, an anticonvulsant drug. The first nonsedative antiepileptic agent, it is still widely used to control the grand mal type of epilepsyepilepsy,
a chronic disorder of cerebral function characterized by periodic convulsive seizures. There are many conditions that have epileptic seizures. Sudden discharge of excess electrical activity, which can be either generalized (involving many areas of cells in the brain)
..... Click the link for more information. . It is also useful against types of psychomotor epilepsy, i.e., epilepsy involving bizarre patterns of movement. In some cases Dilantin, in combination with phenobarbital, a barbituratebarbiturate
, any one of a group of drugs that act as depressants on the central nervous system. High doses depress both nerve and muscle activity and inhibit oxygen consumption in the tissues. In low doses barbiturates act as sedatives, i.e.
..... Click the link for more information. , is more effective than either drug used alone.