Phenobarbitone - Drug Information

Email Print This Page Comment

Generic Name : Phenobarbitone

Pronunciation : fee-noe-BAR-bi-ton

Latest prescription information about Phenobarbitone. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y47.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Anxiolytics, Sedatives And Hypnotics
Advertisement

Trade Name(s): 

India : 


Why it is prescribed : 

This medication is a barbiturate, prescribed for seizures, and treating sleep disorders.  

When it is not to be taken (Contraindications): 

Contraindicated in patients with acute intermittent porphyria, severe lung insufficiency, and obstructive sleep apnea, liver and kidney disease.

Pregnancy Category :

A B C D X

Category D :

There is an evidence of fetal risk based on adverse reaction data, but potential benefits may allow the drug to be used in pregnant women despite risks.

Dosage & When it is to be taken (Indications): 

Adult- PO- The recommended dose is 30 to 60mg once daily or in divided doses.
IM/IV- The recommended dose is 100 to 200mg.

How it should be taken : 

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

Warnings and Precautions : 

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of depression, pain, breathing problems, suicidal tendencies, shock, drug dependency, alcoholism, any allergy, who are taking other medications, elderly, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or lightheadedness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
It should not be used in children less than 12 years.

Side Effects : 


   Central Nervous system
- Agitation, confusion, involuntary movements, incoordination, CNS depression, nightmares, nervousness, mental disturbance, hallucinations, sleeplessness, anxiety, drowsiness, and dizziness and thinking abnormality.

   Respiratory
- Difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath.

   Heart
- Slow heart rate, low blood pressure and fainting.

   Gastrointestinal
- Nausea, vomiting and constipation.

   Miscellaneous
- Headache, injection site reactions, hypersensitivity reactions, fever, liver damage and anemia.

Other Precautions : 

Avoid excess dosage.

Storage Conditions : 

Store it at room temperature (25C).

Schedule : X

Narcotic and Psychotropic drugs which cannot be sold without the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.


Advertisement
Advertisement
View All

Post your Comments

Comments should be on the topic and should not be abusive. The editorial team reserves the right to review and moderate the comments posted on the site.
* Your comment can be maximum of 2500 characters
Notify me when reply is posted
I agree to the terms and conditions
Winb143 Monday, December 8, 2014

I have been on phenobarbitone since I was 14 [epilepsy] they/Docs have tried me on other drugs but they they had side effects. Epanutin was awful it made my gums shrink so I lost 2 teeth. I am now on Keppra which I want to down to 500 per day but Doc has said no as I haven't had a seizure in 4 years Good luck All and try not to let them bully us, as we know what suits our bodies xx

mandygenfi Monday, March 11, 2013

can i take phenobab to reduce my high bilirubin level?

debbie52 Sunday, December 2, 2012

i was on it aged 7 - 13 when i took an overdose. unfortunately i have no memory of anything even my daughters wedding and special occasions, im so sad. can i have anything to cure this?

olapade Tuesday, October 16, 2012

i used one tablet of phenobarbitone and i had swellings and rashes all over joints and inflammation

AbdulRazzaqMPharm Sunday, December 5, 2010

mood changes and impairment of cogition and memory , nystagmus , ataxia , hypothermia and reduced ploasma levels are also observed as the side effects of phenobarbitone injection.
abdul razzaq gulbarga

View all Comments (7)
Advertisement

Drugs A - Z

A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Drugs Search

Medindia Newsletters

Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!

Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

Advertisement

Advertisement
Advertisement

Stay Connected

  • Available on the Android Market
  • Available on the App Store

Facebook