Phenobarbital for Epilepsy
Phenobarbital often makes children and older people:
- Unable to sleep.
Phenobarbital has the opposite effect on young and middle-aged adults, who may feel:
Phenobarbital can alter your mood, behavior, thought processes, and ability to learn or remember things. These effects may be worse in older people.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning on antiepileptic medicines and the risk of suicide and suicidal thoughts. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines. Instead, people who take antiepileptic medicine should be watched closely for Reference warning signs of suicide. People who take antiepileptic medicine and who are worried about this side effect should talk to a doctor.
See Drug Reference for a full list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: August 26, 2011|
|Medical Review:||Reference Susan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Reference Steven C. Schachter, MD - Neurology