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Doctor insights on: Phenobarbital Warnings And Recalls

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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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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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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