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What is phenobarbital?

Phenobarbital is a prescription barbiturate. It is used for short-term treatment of sleeplessness or anxiety. Phenobarbital works by slowing down the activity of the nervous system and brain to aid in relaxation and promote sleep. It is also used to treat or prevent seizures. 

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