Topic for Sarah's Mother - What are the side effects of phenobarbituates?

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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 1/17/2008 3:56 AM (GMT -7)   

Hello,

My 8-year-old daughter, Sarah was just diagnosed with epilepsy.  She had 1 seizure in her sleep 3 months ago.  Her sleeping EEG showed abnormal spikes, when she was awake, her EEG was normal.

We were advised to try phenobarbituates.  What kind of side effects should we expect?

 

Thanks

Sarah's worried mom


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djdaz_1985
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   Posted 1/17/2008 4:04 AM (GMT -7)   

Phenobatbituates are not as popular as other AED's but they do still have their place in the medical field.

Serious Side effects include: Slowing of the heart, excessive bruising and light headedness / fainting

Lesser Side effects include: Drowsiness, problems with memory & concentration, irritability / aggression and nausea

It goes without saying that if your daughter suffers any of the more serious side effects you should contact your doctor as soon as possible. Some of the lesser side effects can be temporary but if they persist for more than 4 weeks, I would also tell your doctor. For more detailed information: http://www.drugs.com/mtm/phenobarbital.html This is a website detailing Phenobarbital. This is the most common med for epilepsy in that category. 

I hope this is helpful

Darren


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   Posted 1/17/2008 9:55 PM (GMT -7)   
Thank you very much for your quick response.  I am checking out the website right now.
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