The Phenobarbital is used to control seizures. It is also used to treat anxiety and to prevent withdrawal symptoms from other barbiturate drugs when you stop taking them.
What is Fenobarbital?
Fenobarbital is a barbiturate, derived from barbiturate acid, works by reducing nervous activity in the brain.
How is Fenobarbital taken?
Fenobarbital can be taken in the form of tablets or drops. Typically the doses vary from one to three administrations per day.
Side effects of Fenobarbital
Possible adverse effects of Fenobarbital include:
- arousal or hyperactivity (especially in children)
- He retched
It is good to contact a doctor immediately in case of:
- slowed or difficult breathing
- swelling of the eyes, lips or cheeks
- blistering or flaking
- confusional state
Contraindications and warnings of Fenobarbital
Fenobarbital can be addictive, therefore it is necessary to strictly adhere to the dosage prescribed by the doctor. Furthermore, if taken for long periods, it can lose part of its effectiveness; in case it is good to talk to the doctor. You should never stop taking your own free will, under penalty of the possible onset of the symptoms of a real abstinence.
The drug can impair driving skills, operate dangerous machinery and reduce the effectiveness of hormonal contraceptives. In addition, its side effects can be aggravated by alcohol.
Before taking Fenobarbital it is good to inform your doctor:
- any allergies to the active substance, its excipients, other barbiturates or any other drugs;
- of medicines, phytotherapy and supplements taken, citing in particular anticoagulants, disulfiram, doxycycline, griseofulvin, hormone replacement therapy, Mao inhibitors, drugs for anxiety, depression, pain, asthma , colds or allergies, anticonvulsants, steroids (if taken by the way oral), sedatives, sleeping pills and tranquilizers;
- if you suffer (or have suffered) from porphyria, ailments that cause breathing problems or pain, depression, adrenal problems or liver or kidney disease;
- if you have used drugs, if you have abused drugs or alcohol and if you have had a suicidal instinct;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
It is also good to inform surgeons and dentists of any ongoing Fenobarbital therapy.