Barbit 6060mg

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Barbit 60 belongs to a class of medicines called barbiturates. It is a prescription medicine used to treat and prevent epilepsy (seizures). They also have hypnotic properties. Means, they slow down the activity of the brain and can make you feel sleepy or dizzy. Barbit 60 may be taken with or without food. However, it is advised to take it at the same time each day as this helps to maintain a consistent level of medicine in the body. Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor as it may be habit-forming with long-term use. If you have missed a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. Do not skip any doses and finish the full course of treatment even if you feel better. Some common side effects of this medicine include nausea, diarrhea, hyperactivity, depression, confusion, decreased blood pressure and fatigue. It may also cause dizziness and sleepiness, so do not drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how this medicine affects you. Remember to consult your doctor if you notice severe rashes, especially accompanied by fever after taking this medicine. It should be noted that long-term use of this medicine can cause pain in joints also.

Uses of Barbit 60

  • Epilepsy/Seizures

Side effects of Barbit 60

  • Drowsiness
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Hyperactivity
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Fatigue
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Excitement
  • Hangover

How to use Barbit 60

Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Barbit 60 may be taken with or without food, but it is better to take it at a fixed time.

How Barbit 60 works

Barbit 60 controls seizures or fits by increasing the action of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

quick tipsQuick Tips
  • Barbit 60 helps in treatment and prevention of seizures.
  • It may be habit-forming with long-term use.
  • Talk with your doctor if it stops working well. Do not take more than prescribed.
  • It may make you very sleepy. Don’t drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how it affects you.
  • Inform your doctor if you notice pain in your joints or if you have a history of bone disease.
  • Get regular blood tests done to monitor the amount of medication in your body.
  • Talk to your doctor immediately if you notice skin rash accompanied with fever.
  • Do not stop taking the medication suddenly without talking to your doctor.
descriptionBrief Description


Status epilepticus, Partial seizures, Sedation, Generalised tonic-clonic seizures, Hypnotic, Preoperative sedation


May be taken with or without food.

Adult Dose

Oral Sedation Adult: 30-120 mg daily in 2-3 divided doses, do not exceed 400 mg/day Status epilepticus ; Emergency management of acute seizures Adult: 100-300 mg daily at bedtime. Generalised tonic-clonic seizures, Partial seizures Adult: 60-180 mg/day at night. Insomnia Adult: 100-200 mg daily at bedtime, do not exceed 400 mg/day As a hypnotic Adult: 100-320 mg. Do not admin for >2 wk for the treatment of insomnia. Elderly: Reduce dose. Hepatic impairment: Reduce dose. Severe: Contraindicated.

Child Dose

Oral Sedation Child: 2 mg/kg daily in 3 divided doses. Status epilepticus ; Emergency management of acute seizures Child: 3-5 mg/kg or 125 mg/m2 daily. Seizures Neonates (<28 days): 3-5 mg/kg/day in 1-2 divided doses Infants: 5-6 mg/kg/day in 1-2 divided doses 1-5 years: 6-8 mg/kg/day in 1-2 divided doses 6-12 years: 4-6 mg/kg/day in 1-2 divided doses >12 years: 1-3 mg/kg/day in 1-2 divided doses, OR 50-100 mg BID/TID Preoperative sedation Child: 1-3 mg/kg pre-op.

Renal Dose

Renal impairment: Reduce dose. Severe: Contraindicated.


Severe renal and hepatic disorders. Severe respiratory depression, dyspnoea or airway obstruction; porphyria. Pregnancy.

Mode of Action

Phenobarbitone is a short-acting barbiturate. It depresses the sensory cortex, reduces motor activity, changes cerebellar function, and produces drowsiness, sedation and hypnosis. Its anticonvulsant property is exhibited at high doses.


Patient w/ history or sedative/hypnotic addiction; resp disease, depression or suicidal tendencies, hypoadrenalism. Avoid abrupt withdrawal. Mild to moderate renal and hepatic impairment. Elderly or debilitated patient, childn. Pregnancy and lactation. Patient Counselling May impair ability to drive or operate machinery. Monitoring Parameters Monitor CBC, LFTs, mental status and seizure activity. Lactation: Do not nurse

Side Effect

Common Ataxia,Dizziness,Drowsiness,Dysarthria,Fatigue,Headache,Irritability,Nystagmus,Paresthesia restlessness,Vertigo Geriatric patients: Excitement, confusion, depression Pediatric patients: Paradoxical excitement/hyperactivity Less Common Mental dullness,Constipation,Diarrhea,Nausea,Vomiting,Megaloblastic (folate-deficiency) anemia Uncommon Rash,Hypocalcemia,Hepatotoxicity Rare Stevens-Johnson syndrome,Rickets,Osteomalacia Potentially Fatal: Stevens-Johnson syndrome.


May enhance the hepatotoxic potential of paracetemaol overdoses. May decrease levels/effects of various CYP isoenzyme substrates e.g. teniposide, methotrexate, antipsychotics, beta-blockers, calcium-channel blockers, other anticonvulsants, chloramphenicol, cimetidine, corticosteroids, ciclosporin, doxycycline, oestrogens, felbamate, griseofulvin, tacrolimus, furosemide, methadone, oral contraceptives, theophylline, TCAs, warfarin. May reduce effects of guanfacine. Reduced metabolism and or increased toxicity with chloramphenicol, felbamate, MAOIs, valproic acid. May enhance the nephrotoxic effects of methoxyflurane. Potentially Fatal: Additive sedation and/or respiratory depression with ethanol, sedatives, antidepressants, opioid analgesics, benzodiazepines and other CNS depressants. May decrease levels/effects of antiarrhythmic drugs e.g. disopyramide, propafenone, quinidine.

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