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Why was phenobarbital used as one of the drugs for encephalitis?

Why was phenobarbital used as one of the drugs for encephalitis?

Sedation and seizure: Phenobarb was used as a way to comtrol seizure and sedate . Peaple with encephalitis many time are very agitated and may risk seizures there is not much use today but it was used in the past successfully. Our area dosen't see this use anymorelike we used to. ...Read more

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If you're allergic to a drug have a drug allergy can you outgrow it as you get older for instance i'm allergic to phenobarbital?

If you're allergic to a drug have a drug allergy can you outgrow it as you get older for instance i'm allergic to phenobarbital?

Maybe: There are some allergies that resolve as you grow older. For instance some people can get improvement in their response to certain medications as they get older, or further away from the initial exposure. This may be due to a calming of the inflammatory response as you age. However, if you were my patient i would not give you a medication that you were allergic to as the risk is too high. ...Read more

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What are the two steps for documenting chloral hydrate, Valium and phenobarbital control drugs?

What are the two steps for documenting chloral hydrate, Valium and phenobarbital control drugs?

More than 2 steps: Perhaps a pharmacist can chime in, but i believe that there are multiple governing bodies that require documentation of dispensation of controlled substance, including the dea, state-level agencies (e.g. Hawaii has a narcotics enforcement division), state pharmacy boards, etc. Pharmacies may also have their own internal requirements. I doubt this can be distilled down to "two steps.". ...Read more

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(i know its dangerous) but can puting someone into an alcohol induced coma stop a protracted siezure as with a drug induced coma such as phenobarbital?

(i know its dangerous) but can puting someone into an alcohol induced coma stop a protracted siezure as with a drug induced coma such as phenobarbital?

Absolutely NO!!: I hope this is not something you were thinking of trying on your own to someone you know who has a problem with seizures-- don't ever try to administer alcohol to someone who is having a true seizure--if someone is having a seizure, call 911 and let professionals treat them. ...Read more

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Why did they recall the drug donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine)?

Why did they recall the drug donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine)?

Donnatal (phenobarbital atropine hyoscyamine and scopolamine): The brand medication is still available, don't know if the generic medication is still made. ...Read more

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Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Hypothetically (although dangerous) can an alcohol induced coma stop a seizure like a coma other sedative drugs such as phenobarbital or propofol?

Not reliably: If the seizure is for sure due to alcohol withdrawal, this may be possible -- but the amount needed may kill the person first. I'm sure you've heard of death from alcohol poisoning. There are many other possible causes for seizures, and alcohol-induced coma is not the way to treat those either. ...Read more

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Extreme paranoia, auditory hallucinations. Molested as child by step father, abandoned by blood father, daughter recently raped. Drugs: More Adderall than prescribed, cannibus, Phenobarbital. She wants help, what type of places should I look into?

Extreme paranoia, auditory hallucinations. Molested as child by step father, abandoned by blood father, daughter recently raped. Drugs: More Adderall than prescribed, cannibus, Phenobarbital. She wants help, what type of places should I look into?

Inpatient care: It sounds like an intensive inpatient behavioral setting would be best. Horrible recent assault in context of a tragic family of origin with active psychotic symptoms. She needs a therapeutic setting where she is & feels safe & supported. ...Read more

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What are the signs & symptoms of low phenobarbital level?

What are the signs & symptoms of low phenobarbital level?

Phenobarbital: You would not be measuring Phenobarbital levels unless taking it for a specific condition, like seizure disorder. Your doctor titrates your dose by these levels and by side effects. Your first indicator that your level is "low" might be having a seizure -- so it's best to take your medication consistently and to check levels when your doctor feels it's time to do it. ...Read more

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Why is the price of phenobarbital keep going up in price?

It is?: Hey, maybe that is why more folks are getting their drugs from canada. Phenobarb is an ancient drug and generic to boot, and should cost pennies at most. Shop around. We have entrepreneurs in the drugstores, and best to save your hard earned dollars in this day and age. ...Read more

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What would happen if someone took 600mg of phenobarbital?

What would happen if someone took 600mg of phenobarbital?

Depends: The indication for the medicine is important. Probably nothing will happen if it's being given to get seizures under control. ...Read more

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How to stop gradually the 1/2 gr per day of phenobarbital? How many weeks to stop?

How to stop gradually the 1/2 gr per day of phenobarbital? How many weeks to stop?

Consult with: a pediatric neurologist. Having been placed on phenobarbital for febrile seizures implies that there is some complicated issue (clusters of seizures, focal exam, abnormal EEG) Discuss if prophylaxis with another medication is advised. Know what to look for (subtle seizure types) Make sure there is continuity of care. Coordinate the phenobarbital taper with a well timed follow up EEG ...Read more

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How to lower the dose of a person taking phenobarbital? 1/4 gr 2x a day. And When to Stop, weeks or months?

How to lower the dose of a person taking phenobarbital? 1/4 gr 2x a day. And When to Stop, weeks or months?

Only your doc knows: Why was drug prescribed? It may not be safe to,abruptly stop this med. Speak to the prescribing doc,to ask your question and inform why you want to stop, if that is safe, and if a different agent is needed. Slow tapering is recognized as a safer way to get off this classic meds ...Read more

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How many hours does a dose of phenobarbital has effect? Vch dosage is better-1 dose of 30mg/day at night or 2 doses of 15mg each/day?

Loooong time: Phenobarbital takes a long time to be cleared from the body. It typically takes several days for the level to drop by half. (It has a very long half-life...about 60 hours) Because of this, most people can take it just once a day. ...Read more

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Can I have a bad reaction from taking luminal (phenobarbital)?

Yes: Luminal is a trade name for phenobarbital, an anepileptic drug with serious potential side effects, including agitation, anxiety, ataxia, CNS excitation or depression, confusion, dizziness drowsiness, hallucinations, “hangover” effect, headache, hyperkinesia, impaired judgment, insomnia, lethargy, nervousness, nightmares, somnolence, and b/p increase. ...Read more

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Could I have hallucinations from coming off phenobarbital,i was prescribed?

Could I have hallucinations from coming off phenobarbital,i was prescribed?

Quite possibly.: The taper may have been too rapid for you. Withdrawal from phenobarbital can cause hallucinations. Please see your prescriber immediately and let them know about it. ...Read more

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What are the long-term side effects of taking phenobarbital for over 30 years?

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

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Does anyone know of any online pharmacies where you can buy phenobarbital without a script?

ILLEGAL & DANGEROUS!: Because Phenobarbital can be harmful or even deadly if misused & not properly monitored, it cannot be sold or dispensed in the us without a prescription. If you buy it online without a prescription, you not only risk getting in trouble with the law, but you can't really be sure what is actually in the pills that you get - in many cases, may be wrong med, wrong dose or even actual poisons! ...Read more

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Can you tell me about beer and barb and phenobarbitals?

Dont understand ?: Barbiturates are older sedatives that are very dangerous and are no longer widely used, since they have severe addiction/overdose risk. Phenobarbital is still a useful drug in treating seizures and a few other neurological conditions, and butabital is used in migraine medication. They do not mix with alcohol, whether beer or any other form, and the combination is very dangerous and can kill you. ...Read more

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Is there a good alternative to phenobarbital when pregnant?

Not really: Get in touch with a perinatoogist (high risk OB doctor), especially if you're going to be maintained on similar medications. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is levetiracetam better than phenobarbital?

Can you tell me is levetiracetam better than phenobarbital?

May vary: The choice of Keppra (levetiracetam) vs Phenobarbital for seizures may be related to the type of seizure. Keppra (levetiracetam) is a newer anti-epileptic drug than Phenobarbital and easier to dose correctly. Phenobarbital requires frequent blood tests to check the levels. Phenobarbital, in general, is more sedating and may affect cognitive function more than the keppra (levetiracetam). Check with your neurologist about the specifics. ...Read more

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Could 640 mg of phenobarbital plus an 8.4 ounce redbull kill you?

WHY are you asking?: 640 mg of Phenobarbital alone (the red bull wouldn't have any influence) can be a lethal dose. If you are thinking of hurting yourself, please get help immediately. There are suicide hotlines (check out Samaritans for your local number), and you can go to any ER or urgent care center, or call your doctor or psychiatrist. A ? like this can be a call for help, and I urge you to find some right away. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Doctors, what are the long term side effects of taking phenobarbital for decades?

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