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If you took phenobarbital as a young child, could it affect your brain or learning in college?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Difficult to answer

A relatively common side effect of pb after achieving good seizure control was a high incidence of irritability and some interference with cognitive abilities during treatment.
Years later & presumably off pb it is unclear whether any learning issues would be related to earlier pb use or differences in the brain that led to seizures to begin with.

In brief: Difficult to answer

A relatively common side effect of pb after achieving good seizure control was a high incidence of irritability and some interference with cognitive abilities during treatment.
Years later & presumably off pb it is unclear whether any learning issues would be related to earlier pb use or differences in the brain that led to seizures to begin with.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Nela Cordero
Pediatrics

In brief: NO

Phenobarbital intake does not affect brain function, it makes you drowsy depending on dose.
Your intelectual capacity will be ok.

In brief: NO

Phenobarbital intake does not affect brain function, it makes you drowsy depending on dose.
Your intelectual capacity will be ok.
Dr. Nela Cordero
Dr. Nela Cordero
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