My mother says she was given this drug as a child for hyperactivity and believes this is what caused her learning disabilities. How long does a child have to be on phenobarbital before the drug causes a permanent cognitive disability?
Was phenobarbital ever given to children as a treatment for hyperactivity?
Question posted by sherwand on 28 March 2015
Last updated on 19 August 2020 by SMdougherty
I was talking to my mother last night about how some medications that might adults drowsy might actually make kids hyper. My mom then told me that when I was a baby but not a newborn because I was able to drink out if a straw, (she couldn't remember exactly how old I was) that the doctor prescribed phenobarbital because I was crying all the time and not sleeping. She said that it was tablets so she would crush it up and put it in a liquid that I could drink from a straw. She said it made me worse and after 4 days, she called the doctor back and they told her that it wasn't unusual. She said that she couldn't believe that they didn't tell her that when it was prescribed because had she known, she would not have waited 4 days to call them. As far as I know, it didn't cause any long term problems most likely because of the short duration that it was given to me.
I found out today that my sister was given this drug for ADD for two years, between the ages of 6 and 8. This would have been 1961-1963. She said it made her very sleepy.
She has great difficulty in math and has had issues with abuse of prescription drugs.
It was used a long time ago. Then they found that it made them more hyper. I don't know that it caused learning disabilities.
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