Who should not take phenobarbital?

Phenobarbital should not be taken by women who are pregnant or nursing, because the drug can harm a developing fetus, as well as a nursing infant, to whom it is passed through breast milk. Because the medication can be addictive, people with a history of drug addiction should avoid taking phenobarbital. People with liver disease, barbiturate allergies, lung disease and porphyria should also avoid the medication. Those taking antidepressants or other barbiturates should discuss alternate medication options with their doctors. Also, because phenobarbital affects physical and mental reaction time, anyone who is required to maintain a state of high alertness and physical precision should avoid phenobarbital.

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