Phenobarbital

(fee-noe-BAR-bi-tal)

Phenobarbital (Luminal™) is a medication used most frequently to prevent seizures. It may also be used in patients with hyperbilirubinemia or for sedation. It is available as a liquid and tablet for oral use as well as an injectable for intravenous (IV) use.

  • Do not have your child stop taking this medication without first talking with your child's doctor.
  • This drug may interact with other medications that your child is taking. Make sure your child's doctor knows all of the medications that your child is taking, including over-the-counter medications (OTC) and herbal supplements.
  • Your child's doctor may order blood tests. This information may help in evaluating effectiveness and toxicity of the drug.
  • Store medication at room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Do not refrigerate. Do not store in the bathroom.
  • This drug should be avoided during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Ask your child's doctor or your doctor for more information.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the bottle / package.
  • If too much medicine is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC) at 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule and / or missed doses, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

  • Dizziness or sleepiness
  • Excitement or over-activity
  • Seizures are not being controlled
  • Rash
  • Becomes difficult to awaken
  • Seizures occur or your child has increased seizure frequency
  • Jaundice, or yellowing of the skin and/or eyes
  • Difficulty breathing

Last Updated 12/2013