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Phenobarbital Information

Phenobarbital Benefits & Uses

Phenobarbital is used to treat the following -

  1. Epilepsy Primary
  2. Epilepsy
  3. Insomnia

Phenobarbital Dosage & How to Take

This is the usual dosage recommended in most common treatment cases. Please remember that every patient and their case is different, so the dosage can be different based on the disease, route of administration, patient's age and medical history.

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Ingredients of Phenobarbital


Phenobarbital Side Effects

Based on research, the following side effects have been observed when Phenobarbital is used -

  1. Drowsiness
  2. Skin Rash Moderate
  3. Nausea or vomiting
  4. Diarrhoea
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  6. Depression Moderate
  7. Constipation Moderate
  8. Photosensitivity
  9. Bronchospasm
  10. Angioedema Moderate

Phenobarbital Related Warnings

Is the use of Phenobarbital safe for pregnant women?

Phenobarbital may have some side effects during pregnancy. If there is any side effect of Phenobarbital during pregnancy, discontinue it immediately. Take medical advice before using it again.


Is the use of Phenobarbital safe during breastfeeding?

Phenobarbital may cause serious side effects in breastfeeding women, so do not take this drug without doctor's advice.


What is the effect of Phenobarbital on the Kidneys?

Phenobarbital has very mild side effects on the kidney.


What is the effect of Phenobarbital on the Liver?

Side effects of Phenobarbital rarely affect the liver.


What is the effect of Phenobarbital on the Heart?

Phenobarbital is rarely harmful for heart.


Severe Interaction of Phenobarbital with Other Drugs

Phenobarbital should not be taken with following medicines due to severe side effects it may cause to patients -

Phenobarbital Contraindications

If you are suffering from any of the following diseases, you should not take Phenobarbital unless your doctor advises you to do so -

  1. Allergy
  2. Depression
  3. Bradycardia (Slow Heart Rate)
  4. Respiratory Depression
  5. Liver Disease
  6. Porphyria
  7. Heart Disease

Frequently asked Questions about Phenobarbital

Is this Phenobarbital habit forming or addictive?

Yes, there is a possibility of developing a habit of Phenobarbital. Talk to doctor before taking it.

Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?

You may feel sleepy or tired after taking Phenobarbital. So it is best to avoid driving.

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Is it safe?

Yes, but you should take Phenobarbital only as per your doctor's advice.

Safe, but take only on Doctor's advise

Is it able to treat mental disorders?

Phenobarbital has been seen to have positive effect on patients with mental disorders.

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Phenobarbital Interactions with Food and Alcohol

Interaction between Food and Phenobarbital

Taking Phenobarbital with food does not harm your health.


Interaction between Alcohol and Phenobarbital

Consuming Phenobarbital with alcohol can have many serious effects on your body.


Phenobarbital से जुड़े सवाल और जवाब

सवाल 7 months पहले

Can Phenobarbital help with alcohol withdrawal?

Dr. Prakash kumar MBBS, General Physician

Yes, Phenobarbital might help with severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Scientific evidence suggests that Phenobarbital in combination with other drugs (benzodiazepines) might help with severe alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Since it is a prescription drug, you are advised not to take Phenobarbital by yourself without consulting a doctor.

सवाल 5 months पहले

Does Phenobarbital help with anxiety?

Dr. Keshu Lal Damor MBBS, General Physician

Yes, Phenobarbital can help with anxiety or tension because it can induce sleep but it is generally not preferred for the treatment of anxiety due to its side effects.

सवाल 3 months पहले

Is Phenobarbital a benzo?

Dr. Roshni Poonja MBBS, Other

No, Phenobarbital is not a benzo (benzodiazepine). It belongs to the class of drug known as barbiturates and it is mainly used for the prevention of seizures and insomnia.

सवाल 8 months पहले

Can Phenobarbital cause liver damage?

Dr. Chinmaya Bal MBBS, General Physician

Rarely, Phenobarbital causes liver damage (hepatotoxicity) if this drug is taken in higher doses. This effect is reversible in nature and the normal function of the liver is restored after discontinuation of this drug.

सवाल 6 months पहले

Does Phenobarbital help with pain?

Dr. Kuldeep Meena MBBS, MD, Pulmonology

No, Phenobarbital does not help with pain because it is not a painkiller. It is a sedative & hypnotic agent which helps in inducing sleep and is used for the treatment of insomnia (sleeplessness).

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