Phenobarbital Disease Interactions

There are 15 disease interactions with phenobarbital:

Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Acute Alcohol Intoxication

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Alcoholism, Acute Alcohol Intoxication

The use of barbiturates is contraindicated in patients with acute alcohol intoxication exhibiting depressed vital signs. The central nervous system depressant effects of barbiturates may be additive with those of alcohol. Severe respiratory depression and death may occur. Therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously in patients who might be prone to acute alcohol intake.

References

  1. "Product Information. Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. "Product Information. Mebaral (mephobarbital)" Sanofi Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, New York, NY.
  3. "Product Information. Amytal Sodium (amobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Drug Dependence

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Drug Abuse/Dependence, Alcoholism

Barbiturates have the potential to cause dependence and abuse. Tolerance as well as physical and psychological dependence can develop, particularly after prolonged use of excessive dosages. Abrupt cessation and/or a reduction in dosage may precipitate withdrawal symptoms. In patients who have developed tolerance to a barbiturate, overdosage can still produce respiratory depression and death, and cross-tolerance usually will occur with other agents in the class. Addiction-prone individuals, such as those with a history of alcohol or substance abuse, should be under careful surveillance or medical supervision when treated with barbiturates. It may be prudent to refrain from dispensing large quantities of medication to these patients. After prolonged use or if dependency is suspected, withdrawal of barbiturates should be undertaken gradually using a dosage-tapering schedule.

References

  1. Boisse NR, Okamoto M "Physical dependence to barbital compared to pentobarbital. II. Tolerance characteristics." J Pharmacol Exp Ther 204 (1978): 507-13
  2. "Product Information. Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  3. "Product Information. Seconal Sodium (secobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Liver Disease

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Liver Disease

Barbiturates are extensively metabolized by the liver. The plasma clearance of barbiturates may be decreased and the half-lives prolonged in patients with impaired hepatic function. Therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously and initiated at reduced dosages in patients with liver disease. Barbiturates are not recommended for use in patients with cirrhosis, hepatic failure, hepatic coma, or other severe hepatic impairment.

References

  1. "Product Information. Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. Kallberg N, Agurell S, Ericsson O, et al "Quantitation of phenobarbital and its main metabolites in human urine." Eur J Clin Pharmacol 9 (1975): 161-8
  3. "Product Information. Seconal Sodium (secobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Porphyria

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Porphyria

The use of barbiturates is contraindicated in patients with a history of porphyria. Barbiturates may exacerbate acute intermittent porphyria or porphyria variegata by inducing the enzymes responsible for porphyrin synthesis.

References

  1. American Medical Association, Division of Drugs and Toxicology "Drug evaluations annual 1994." Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; (1994):
  2. "Product Information. Nembutal Sodium (pentobarbital)" Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
  3. "Product Information. Butisol Sodium (butabarbital)" Wallace Laboratories, Cranbury, NJ.
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Rash

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Dermatitis - Drug-Induced

Skin eruptions may precede rare but potentially fatal barbiturate-induced reactions such as systemic lupus erythematosus and exfoliative dermatitis, the latter of which may be accompanied by hepatitis and jaundice. Therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously in patients with preexisting drug-induced dermatitis, since it may delay the recognition of a potential reaction to barbiturates. Barbiturate therapy should be withdrawn promptly at the first sign of a dermatologic adverse effect. However, cutaneous reactions may proceed to an irreversible stage even after cessation of medication due to the slow rate of metabolism and excretion of barbiturates. Patients should be advised to promptly report signs that may indicate impending development of barbiturate-related cutaneous lesions, including high fever, severe headache, stomatitis, conjunctivitis, rhinitis, urethritis, and balanitis. Rashes may be more likely to occur with phenobarbital and mephobarbital.

References

  1. "Product Information. Amytal Sodium (amobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. "Product Information. Mebaral (mephobarbital)" Sanofi Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, New York, NY.
  3. Pagliaro L, Campesi G, Aguglia F "Barbiturate jaundice. Report of a case due to a barbital-containing drug, with positive rechallenge to phenobarbital." Gastroenterology 56 (1969): 938-43
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Respiratory Depression

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Pulmonary Impairment, Asphyxia, Sleep Apnea, Respiratory Arrest

Barbiturates may produce severe respiratory depression, apnea, laryngospasm, bronchospasm and cough, particularly during rapid intravenous administration. In usual hypnotic dosages, the degree of respiratory depression produced is similar to that which occurs during physiologic sleep, while at higher dosages, the rate, depth and volume of respiration may be markedly decreased. However, some patients may be susceptible at commonly used dosages, including the elderly, debilitated or severely ill patients, those receiving other CNS depressants, and those with limited ventilatory reserve, chronic pulmonary insufficiency or other respiratory disorders. Therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously in these patients. Appropriate monitoring and individualization of dosage are particularly important, and equipment for resuscitation should be immediately available if the parenteral route is used. Barbiturates, especially injectable formulations, should generally be avoided in patients with sleep apnea, hypoxia, or severe pulmonary diseases in which dyspnea or obstruction is evident.

References

  1. "Product Information. Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. "Product Information. Amytal Sodium (amobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  3. Plaa GL "Acute toxicity of antiepileptic drugs." Epilepsia 16 (1975): 183-91
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Barbiturates Iv (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Cardiovascular

Severe Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Hypertension, Hypotension, Heart Disease

The intravenous administration of barbiturates may produce severe cardiovascular reactions such as bradycardia, hypertension, or vasodilation with fall in blood pressure, particularly during rapid infusion. Parenteral therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously in patients with hypertension, hypotension, or cardiac disease. The intravenous administration of barbiturates should be reserved for emergency treatment of acute seizures or for anesthesia.

References

  1. "Product Information. Amytal Sodium (amobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. "Product Information. Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  3. American Medical Association, Division of Drugs and Toxicology "Drug evaluations annual 1994." Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; (1994):
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Barbiturates Iv/Im (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Prolonged Hypotension

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Altered Consciousness, Shock

Barbiturates should not be administered by injection to patients in shock or coma or who have recently received another respiratory depressant. The hypnotic and hypotensive effects of these agents may be prolonged and intensified in such patients.

References

  1. "Product Information. Nembutal Sodium (pentobarbital)" Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
  2. "Product Information. Seconal Sodium (secobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  3. "Multum Information Services, Inc. Expert Review Panel"
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Mepho-Phenobarbital (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Renal Dysfunction

Severe Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Renal Dysfunction

The long-acting barbiturate, phenobarbital, is partially eliminated by the kidney. The plasma clearance of phenobarbital may be decreased and the half-life prolonged in patients with impaired renal function. Therapy with phenobarbital should be administered cautiously and initiated at reduced dosages in patients with renal impairment. Since approximately 75% of a mephobarbital dose is metabolized to phenobarbital, the same precaution should be observed with mephobarbital. The remaining barbiturates, which are short- and intermediate-acting, are all negligibly excreted in the urine and may be appropriate alternatives in these patients.

References

  1. Turk JW, Ladenson JH "Phenytoin and phenobarbital concentrations in renal insufficiency ." Ann Intern Med 101 (1984): 569
  2. "Product Information. Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  3. "Product Information. Mebaral (mephobarbital)" Sanofi Winthrop Pharmaceuticals, New York, NY.

Antiepileptics (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Suicidal Tendency

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Depression, Psychosis

Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) have been associated with an increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication. Pooled analyses of 199 placebo-controlled clinical studies involving the use of 11 different AEDs across multiple indications in either monotherapy or adjunctive therapy for a median treatment duration of 12 weeks (up to a maximum of 24 weeks) showed that patients receiving AEDs had approximately twice the risk of suicidal thinking or behavior compared to patients receiving placebo. The estimated rate of suicidal behavior or ideation among 27,863 AED-treated patients was 0.43%, compared to 0.24% for 16,029 placebo-treated patients, representing an increase of approximately one case for every 530 patients treated. There were four suicides in AED-treated patients and none in placebo-treated patients, although the number is too small to establish any causal relationship. The increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior was observed as early as one week after starting AEDs and persisted for the duration of treatment assessed. The risk did not vary substantially by age (5 to 100 years) in the clinical trials analyzed. Therapy with AEDs should be administered cautiously in patients with depression or other psychiatric disorders. The risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior should be carefully assessed against the risk of untreated illness, bearing in mind that epilepsy and many other conditions for which AEDs are prescribed are themselves associated with morbidity and mortality and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Patients, caregivers, and families should be alert to the emergence or worsening of signs and symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts or behavior. For clinically significant or persistent symptoms, a dosage reduction or treatment withdrawal should be considered. If patients have symptoms of suicidal ideation or behavior, treatment should be discontinued.

Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Adrenal Insufficiency

Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Adrenal Insufficiency, Panhypopituitarism

Barbiturates, especially phenobarbital, secobarbital and butabarbital, may diminish the systemic effects of exogenous and endogenous corticosteroids via induction of hepatic microsomal enzymes, thereby accelerating the metabolism of corticosteroids. In addition, barbiturates may interfere with pituitary corticotropin production. Therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously in patients with adrenal insufficiency. Patients with borderline hypoadrenalism should be monitored closely, and patients receiving steroid supplementation may require an adjustment in dosage when barbiturates are added to or withdrawn from their medication regimen.

References

  1. "Product Information. Seconal Sodium (secobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. "Product Information. Amytal Sodium (amobarbital)" Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  3. "Product Information. Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Depression

Moderate Potential Hazard, High plausibility

Applies to: Depression

Barbiturates depress the central nervous system and may cause or exacerbate mental depression. Therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously in patients with a history of depression or suicidal tendencies. It may be prudent to refrain from dispensing large quantities of medication to these patients.

References

  1. "Multum Information Services, Inc. Expert Review Panel"
  2. "Product Information. Butisol Sodium (butabarbital)" Wallace Laboratories, Cranbury, NJ.
  3. "Product Information. Nembutal Sodium (pentobarbital)" Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Hematologic Toxicity

Moderate Potential Hazard, Low plausibility

Applies to: Bone Marrow Depression/Low Blood Counts

Hematologic toxicity, including agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenic purpura and megaloblastic anemia, has been reported rarely during use of barbiturates. Therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously in patients with preexisting blood dyscrasias or bone marrow suppression. Blood counts are recommended prior to and periodically during long-term therapy, and patients should be instructed to immediately report any signs or symptoms suggestive of blood dyscrasia such as fever, sore throat, local infection, easy bruising, petechiae, bleeding, pallor, dizziness, or jaundice. Barbiturate therapy should be discontinued if blood dyscrasias occur.

References

  1. "Product Information. Nembutal Sodium (pentobarbital)" Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
  2. Kiorboe E, Plum CM "Megaloblastic anaemia developing during treatment of epilepsy." Acta Med Scand Suppl 445 (1966): 349-57
  3. Iivanainen M, Savolainen H "Side effects of phenobarbital and phenytoin during long-term treatment of epilepsy." Acta Neurol Scand Suppl 97 (1983): 49-67
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Osteomalacia

Moderate Potential Hazard, Low plausibility

Applies to: Vitamin D Deficiency

Rickets and osteomalacia have rarely been reported following prolonged use of barbiturates, possibly due to increased metabolism of vitamin D as a result of enzyme induction by barbiturates. Long-term therapy with barbiturates should be administered cautiously in patients with vitamin D deficiency.

References

  1. "Product Information. Phenobarbital (phenobarbital)." Lilly, Eli and Company, Indianapolis, IN.
  2. Doriguzzi C, Mongini T, Jeantet A, Monga G "Tubular aggregates in a case of osteomalacic myopathy due to anticonvulsant drugs." Clin Neuropathol 3 (1984): 42-5
  3. Sotaniemi EA, Hakkarainen HK, Puranen JA, Lahti RO "Radiologic bone changes and hypocalcemia with anticonvulsant therapy in epilepsy." Ann Intern Med 77 (1972): 389-94
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Barbiturates (Includes Phenobarbital) ↔ Paradoxical Reactions

Moderate Potential Hazard, Moderate plausibility

Applies to: Hyperkinetic Syndrome of Childhood

Paradoxical reactions characterized by excitability and restlessness may occur in pediatric patients with hyperactive aggressive disorders. Such patients should be monitored for signs of paradoxical stimulation during therapy with barbiturates.

References

  1. American Medical Association, Division of Drugs and Toxicology "Drug evaluations annual 1994." Chicago, IL: American Medical Association; (1994):
  2. "Product Information. Nembutal Sodium (pentobarbital)" Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
  3. Mayhew LA, Hanzel TE, Ferron FR, Kalachnik JE, Harder SR "Phenobarbital exacerbation of self-injurious behavior." J Nerv Ment Dis 180 (1992): 732-3
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Drug Interaction Classification

The classifications below are a general guideline only. It is difficult to determine the relevance of a particular drug interaction to any individual given the large number of variables.

Major Highly clinically significant. Avoid combinations; the risk of the interaction outweighs the benefit.
Moderate Moderately clinically significant. Usually avoid combinations; use it only under special circumstances.
Minor Minimally clinically significant. Minimize risk; assess risk and consider an alternative drug, take steps to circumvent the interaction risk and/or institute a monitoring plan.

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