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How can you wean an adult with epleptic history off phenobarbital?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 53 years experience
Very, very slowly: Phenobarbital is highly habituating and even addicting, but a very potent anti-epileptic drug. The drug can cause oseoporosis, dupytren's contracture and a host of additional chronic issues. But tough to get off, and must be tapered very slowly probably for months. Would maybe have an additional tranquilizer sedative to ease the way, as withdrawal sz risk is present.
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Last updated Jun 30, 2014

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