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Long Term Side Effect Of Phenobarbital
Can taking risperdal 1 mg (twice daily) and phenobarbital (5 ml twice a day) cause seizures in an 2.5 year old? What will be the side effect?
Because Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine) has scopolamine in it,does it give you any amnesia like effects? I was given a dose in the ER and now I am worried about side effect
Depedence, seizures: Phenobarbital and its relatives are brain sedatives and are dependence producing. if you take them you will have working memory problems,more falls, and need for increased dose to maintain effect when stopped they produce a describable withdrawal effect. the most serious of these are seizures. other brain sedatives are alcohol,meprobamates,and benzodiazapenes. ...Read more
Dependence: The biggest problem with taking phenobarbital for decades is that you develop dependence and would need to be tapered off of it. It is a barbiturate used as a sedative but in the past was commonly used to treat seizures. I have had patients that have been on this for decades with controlled seizures with no long term side effects. If someone has been on it, it may be safer to keep them on it. ...Read more
2 month baby had convulsions on the 3rd and 20th day.EEG was clean.Takes 2*0.5ml keppra (levetiracetam) and1/2 phenobarbital.No repetition since.Any long term damage?
Likely not unless: .....there were brain bleeds which resolve along a complicated course, the baby turns out to have epilepsy and needs to be on chronic antiepileptic medication....then, there may be some concern for long term consequences. Having said that....it takes a fair amount of seizure activity to really cause really severe damage. Just be compliant with instructions..ask questions.....Good luck. ...Read more
My baby had convulsions on the 3rd day and 20th day.EEG and ultrasound were clean.Now takes 2*0.5ml keppra (levetiracetam) and1/2 phenobarbital.Any long term damage?
Control seizures 1st: The most important thing is controlling the seizures right now because if uncontrolled the side-effects are much worse. It is normal to feel the way you feel and I truly feel bad that your baby has seizures. Your doctor will monitor your child closely and I am sure he is just as concerned. ...Read more
My grandson has meningitis discovered today they are giving him phenobarbital for seziures he is 1 month old what are the side effects I need to watch?
Sedation: I am very sorry to hear about your grandson. Meningitis can be very serious and scary. He was given phenobarbital to prevent seizures, which could occur with the meningitis. Recurrent or prolonged seizures can lead to brain damage, so it is very important that his doctors are giving him this medicine. Sedation, sleepiness, or unconsciousness may occur now, but won't affect him in the future. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
2 episodes of febrile seizure due to pneumonia (9mons)(1y/o). Is that safe to put on phenobarbital 1/4 gr 2x/day? how long he need to take it?
Febrile seizures: Febrile seizures are not usually treated with preventative medications other than Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin during illness (this can help prevent rapid body temperature fluctuations that trigger the seizure). If an anti-seizure drug was recommended for your child, there may be more going on that simple febrile seizures. Please have a frank discussion with your pediatrician or neurologist. ...Read more
3 Episode of febrile seizure because of 2x Pneumonia and 1 UTI. is that right to put the 15mos/old in phenobarbital 14gr 2x/day? how long?
Perhaps: Phenobarbital is commonly used for seizure control in very young children. Febrile seizures don't usually require anticonvulsant therapy, but if they are frequent, then sometimes treatment is given until the child outgrows febrile seizures. If there are no seizures after a year, then meds should be stopped by the doctor to see if they are still needed. ...Read more
I'm on Seroquel XR 50mg sid and Pristiq (desvenlafaxine). I forgot to take my pills this morning - now intense headache and nausea. Is this a normal side effect?
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