A 30-year-old male asked:
when phenobarbital is taken for sleeping could it cause a 16 yo to have is eyes rolling and be unresponsive and shallow breathing this happen in 1998?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Oscar Novick answered
57 years experience Pediatrics
Phenobarb overdose: He may have had an overdose of phenobarb which gave him his symptoms.
Answered on Mar 31, 2013
Dr. Robert Ryan answered
49 years experience Dentistry
Yes: Phenobarbital is an anti-convulsant barbiturate and a sedative hypnotic. It is not commonly used for sleeping anymore, having been replaced by benzodiazepines. It does induce sleep and depresses respiration (breathing), so the symptoms you describe are not unusual. The rolling eyes can be indicative of a stage of sleep-rem (rapid eye movement).
Answered on Jun 30, 2014
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