Selected Anticonvulsants/Selected Barbiturates Interactions

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Serious. These medicines may interact and cause very harmful effects. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

When these two medicines are taken together, the way your body processes each medicine may change.

What might happen:

Your blood levels of medicine could decrease, reducing the beneficial effects of this medicine, or increase and cause toxic effects.

What you should do about this interaction:

Let your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know that you are taking these medicines together. If you notice decreased effectiveness of your medicine (e.g. increase in seizures, migraine headaches, or unstable mood) or if you experience symptoms of high blood levels such as drowsiness, headache, dizziness, slowed/difficult breathing, confusion, or difficulty with coordination, contact your doctor. Your doctor may check medicine blood levels and may need to adjust the dose of one or both medicines.Your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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