Phenobarbital
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings
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What is Phenobarbital?

(fee noe BAR bi tal)

• This medicine is used to prevent or treat high bilirubin levels in newborns.

• This medicine is used to prevent or control seizures.

• This medicine is used to treat anxiety.

• This medicine is used to treat sleep disorders.

What are the precautions when taking this medicine?

• This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.

• Wear disease medical alert identification.

• If you are 65 or older, use this medicine with caution. You could have more side effects.

• Follow laws about driving with a seizure condition.

• If you have been taking this medicine for several weeks, talk with healthcare provider before stopping. You may want to gradually withdraw this medicine.

• If you have lung disease, talk with healthcare provider. You may be more sensitive to this medicine.

• Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.

• You may not be alert. Avoid driving, doing other tasks or activities until you see how this medicine affects you.

• Avoid alcohol...

 
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