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Phenytoin has distinctive characteristics which, when viewed together, set it apart from other substances.
1. PHT regulates bioelectrical activity at the individual cell level. This action, at a level fundamental to all body functions, helps explain how PHT achieves its therapeutic effects in a wide range of disorders.
2. PHT corrects inappropriate electrical activity, but does not affect normal function. It has been found effective in both hyperexcitable and hypoexcitable conditions.
3. PHT has a corrective effect on post-tetanic potentiation and post-tetanic afterdischarge. This action seems to explain how repetitive and uncontrolled thinking is decreased and repetitive messages of pain are modified.
4. PHT has regulatory effects on endocrine and metabolic processes, and on stress. It has been demonstrated to have anti-anoxic effects, and anti-toxic properties, and to promote healing.
5. PHT’s action is prompt. Taken orally, it is effective within an hour, intravenously within a few minutes. Used topically, it promotes healing and is effective against pain.
6. In therapeutic doses PHT has a calming effect without being a sedative, and an energizing effect without being a stimulant.
7. PHT is effective for a wide range of symptoms and disorders. In addition to being useful for a target symptom, PHT can be therapeutic for many other symptoms—in effect have beneficial “side effects.”
8. PHT is not habit-forming.
9. PHT’s parameters of safety have been established over a fifty-year period by extensive and intensive use.
Read a summary of phenytoin's effect on Thought, Mood, and Beahvior Disorders
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