US Brand Name: Phenobal, Luminal, Phenobarbitone, Solfoton

Other Brand Names: Andral (Philippines)
Atrofen (Dominican Republic)
Barbilettae (Finland)
Barbiphenyl (Finland)Fenemal (Denmark; Norway)
Fenemal NM Pharma (Sweden)
Fenobarbital (Ecuador)
Gardenal (Belgium; France; Greece; India; South Africa; Spain)
Gardenale (Italy)
Lethyl (South Africa)
Linasen (Japan)
Luminal (Argentina; Belgium; Germany; India; Philippines; Spain)
Luminale (Italy)
Luminaletas (Argentina; Spain)
Luminaletten (Germany)
Luminalettes (Belgium)
Menobarb (Thailand)
Phenobal (Japan)
Phenobarbitone (Australia; New Zealand)
Phenotal (Thailand)
Generic Name: phenobarbital

FDA Approved Use(s): Tonic-clonic seizures, partial seizures, status epilepticus, insomnia.

Not So Common Side Effects:

These may or may not happen to you don’t, so don’t be surprised one way or the other.

Freaky Rare Side Effects:

You aren’t going to get these. I promise.

Interesting Stuff Your Doctor Probably Won’t Tell You:

Dosage: 60-200 mg/day.

Days to Reach a Steady State:

When you’re fully saturated with the medication and less prone to peaks and valleys of effects. You still might have peaks of effect after taking many meds, but with a lot of the meds you’ll have fewer valleys after this point. In theory anyway.

How Long it Takes to Work:

Half-Life & Average Time to Clear Out of Your System: The half-life is 53-118 hours (mean 79 hours) . So about sixteen days to get clean.

If you’ve worked your way up to a particular dosage, it’s usually best to spend this many days at the next lowest dosage before going down the next lowest dosage before that and so forth. This is the least sucky way to avoid problems when stopping any psychiatric medication. Presuming you have the option of slowly tapering off them.


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