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Last Updated: December 02, 2019

Phenobarbitone alternatively known as phenobarbitone or phenobarb, it is used in treatment of all types of seizures barring absence seizures. It can also help to treat epilepsy, insomnia and the uncomfortable symptoms of drug withdrawal. It may be injected intravenously or can also be taken orally. Phenobarbitone works by affecting GABA receptors. The drug facilitates the production of GABA (Gamma Amino Butryic Acid) an amino acid that helps in reducing excitability of neurons.

The drug is contraindicated in patients who have suffered or are suffering from porphyria, hypersensitivity or allergy to barbiturates, respiratory insufficiency, hyperkinesia, liver cell deterioration and other liver problems. It has also been known to cause complications when used with drugs like aceprometazine, adipilon, etc. Usage of Phenobarbitone can lead to temporary and common side effects like drowsiness, excitation, irritability, loss of balance or coordination, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, constipation, etc. depending on the person’s health condition and medical history more severe side effects requiring medical assistance like insomnia, Hypoventilation, apnea, hypotension, syncope can also occur. Therefore, it is very essential to consult a doctor prior to the usage of the drug regarding the dosage to avoid any unwanted and severe side effects.

Information given here is based on the salt content of the medicine. Uses and effects of the medicine may vary from person to person. It is advisable to consult a Psychiatrist before using this medicine.
  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Gardenal 20mg syrup is unsafe to use during pregnancy.
    There is positive evidence of human fetal risk, but the benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk, for example in life-threatening situations. Please consult your doctor.
  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    Caution is advised when driving or operating machinery.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Phenobarbitone as ingredient

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This medication works by affecting GABA receptors. The drug facilitates the production of GABA (Gamma AminoButyric Acid) an amino acid that helps in reducing the excitability of neurons.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    Serenace 5Mg Injection 1Ml

    Epsolin 50Mg/2Ml Injection

    Zuviflu Pfs Vaccine

    Arkazid 2Mg Tablet

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Medicines containing Phenobarbitone
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