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Systematic (IUPAC) name
(2,5-dioxo-4,4-diphenyl-imidazolidin-1-yl)methoxyphosphonic acid
Clinical data
Trade names Cerebyx
AHFS/ monograph
MedlinePlus a604036
  • US: D (Evidence of risk)
  • (Prescription only)
Intravenous, intramuscular
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 100% (IM)
Protein binding 95 to 99%
Metabolism Hepatic
Half-life 15 minutes to convert to phenytoin
Excretion Renal (as phenytoin)
93390-81-9 7pxY
PubChem CID 56339
IUPHAR ligand 7190
DrugBank DB01320 7pxY
ChemSpider 50839 7pxY
UNII B4SF212641 7pxY
KEGG D07993 7pxY
Chemical data
Formula C16H15N2O6P
362.274 g/mol
 14pxN (what is this?)  (verify)

Fosphenytoin (fosphenytoin sodium injection, previously Cerebyx, Parke-Davis; Prodilantin, Pfizer Holding France[1]) is a water-soluble phenytoin prodrug that is administered intravenously to deliver phenytoin, potentially more safely than intravenous phenytoin. It is most commonly used in the acute treatment convulsive status epilepticus.

On 18 November 2004, Sicor (a subsidiary of Teva) received a tentative approval letter from the United States Food and Drug Administration for a generic version of fosphenytoin.[2]



Fosphenytoin is approved in the United States for the short term (five days or fewer) treatment of epilepsy when more widely used means of phenytoin administration are not possible or are ill-advised,[3] such as endotracheal intubation, status epilepticus or some other type of repeated seizures; vomiting, and/or the patient is unalert or not awake or both.[4]


In April 2003, Applebaum and colleagues at the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Beersheba reported that even though anticonvulsants are often very effective in mania, and acute mania requires rapid treatment, fosphenytoin had no antimanic effect even 60 minutes after administration of doses used in status epilepticus.[5]

Fosphenytoin was more successfully used to relieve pain refractory to opiates in a 37-year-old woman with neuroma, according to Dr. Gary J. McCleane of the Rampark Pain Center in Lurgan, Northern Ireland.[6] She was given 1,500 phenytoin equivalent units of fosphenytoin over a 24 hour period, producing pain relief that last three to fourteen weeks after each infusion, allowing her to use less opiates.[6]


One millimole of phenytoin is produced for every millimole of fosphenytoin administered; the hydrolysis of fosphenytoin also yields phosphate and formaldehyde, the latter of which is subsequently metabolized to formate, which is in turn metabolized by a folate dependent mechanism.[3]

Side effects

Side effects are similar to intravenous phenytoin and include hypotension, cardiac arrhythmias, CNS adverse events (nystagmus, dizziness, sedation/somnolence, ataxia and stupor), and local dermatological reactions. Purple glove syndrome probably occurs with fosphenytoin but possibly at lower frequency than with intravenous phenytoin. Fosphenytoin can cause hyperphosphatemia in end-stage renal failure patients.[7]


Phenytoin, in both its acidic and sodium salt forms, is erratically bioavailable whether it is injected or taken orally due to its high melting point, weak acidity, and its being only sparingly soluble in water.[8] Simply putting patients on other drugs is not always an option; this was especially true before 1993, when the number of anticonvulsants available was much more limited.[9] One solution was to develop a prodrug that did not have these drawbacks.

Fosphenytoin was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on August 5, 1996 for use in epilepsy.[10]


  1. ^ "PRODILANTIN 75 mg/ml sol inj IM et p perf IV". VIDAL, l'information de référence sur les produits de santé. Retrieved 23 October 2005. 
  2. ^ "Fosphenytoin Sodium Approval History". Retrieved 20 October 2005. 
  3. ^ a b Parke-Davis (2001). "Cerebyx: Fosphenytoin Sodium Injection - Labeling Revision" (PDF). Cerebyx Approval History. Warner-Lambert Company. Retrieved 20 October 2005. [dead link]
  4. ^ Johnson J, Wrenn K (2001). "Inappropriate fosphenytoin use in the ED". American Journal of Emergency Medicine 19 (4): 293–4. PMID 11447516. doi:10.1053/ajem.2001.24471.  Fulltext options List of Library Holdings Worldwide
  5. ^ Applebaum J, Levine J, Belmaker RH (2003). "Intravenous fosphenytoin in acute mania" (PDF). Journal Clinical Psychiatry 64 (4): 408–9. PMID 12716241. doi:10.4088/JCP.v64n0408. 
  6. ^ a b McCleane GJ (2002). "Intravenous infusion of fosphenytoin produces prolonged pain relief: a case report". The Journal of Pain 3 (2): 156–8. PMID 14622802. doi:10.1054/jpai.2002.123004.  List of Library Holdings Worldwide
  7. ^ McBryde KD, Wilcox J, Kher KK (2005). "Hyperphosphatemia due to fosphenytoin in a pediatric ESRD patient". Pediatric Nephrology (Berlin, Germany) (PDF) 20 (8): 1182–5. PMID 15965770. doi:10.1007/s00467-005-1947-0. 
  8. ^ Yamaoka Y, Roberts RD, Stella VJ (April 1983). "Low-melting phenytoin prodrugs as alternative oral delivery modes for phenytoin: a model for other high-melting sparingly water-soluble drugs". J Pharm Sci 72 (4): 400–5. PMID 6864479. doi:10.1002/jps.2600720420. 
  9. ^ Anticonvulsants before 1993 Neuroland
  10. ^ "Cerebyx Approval History". Retrieved 20 October 2005. 

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