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Phenobarbitol is a common misspelling of phenobarbital.

What is phenobarbital (phenobarbitol)?

Phenobarbital (phenobarbitol) is a barbiturate. It works by depressing the the activity in your brain and central nervous system. This aids you in relaxing and going to sleep.

Phenobarbital (phenobarbitol) is used for the short-term treatment of sleep disorders. In low doses, it causes mild sedation. As the dose increases, it can cause sleep and even coma. Phenobarbital (phenobarbitol) can also be used for the relief of anxiety, tension, and fear, and the treatment of certain types of seizures, especially in emergency situations. As phenobarbital (phenobarbitol causes the brain to relax, it also decreases seizure activity. Phenobarbital (phenobarbitol) is also used as a sedative prior to surgery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Do not drink alcohol or use medicines that may cause drowsiness (eg, sleep aids, muscle relaxers) while you are using phenobarbital (phenobarbitol); it may add to their effects. Ask your pharmacist if you have questions about which medicines may cause drowsiness.

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