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Is phenobarbital safe for pregnant or breast-feeding women?

Studies have shown that taking phenobarbital during pregnancy can present a risk to fetal development and newborns exposed to the drug in utero may exhibit withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, phenobarbital is passed to nursing infants through breast milk. After delivery, if your doctor prescribes phenobarbital as a necessary treatment, you may need to discontinue nursing.

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