Skip Navigation Links
 



                     


 



   
    Learn More     Subscribe    
Join Now!      Login
 
 
 
FREE HEALTH
NEWSLETTER
 
 
Vitamin D Poll
Are you currently taking a Vitamin D supplement?
 
 
 
 
W
hat Doctors Don't Tell You
 
PHENOBARBITAL:
If it's good enough for our dogs

© What Doctors Don't Tell You (Issue 124)

Phenobarbital, the world's oldest epilepsy drug, has fallen out of favour in the last decade or so. In the UK doctors have been forbidden to prescribe it because of its toxic effects, so now it's just given to our dogs - and to the people in the developing world. These poor people must have a completely different bio-chemical makeup to us, judging by the number of discredited drugs that are still freely available there. Not that concerns about toxic effects have ever been a legitimate reason for a drug company to stop pushing a drug. In the case of phenobarbital, there's just not enough money in it, and they have plenty of newer drugs not yet out of patent that are making serious contributions to the bottom line. Despite these seemingly impassable barriers, there's pressure within medicine to get the drug re-established into the front line of epilepsy care. Doctors say the drug has been unfairly damned, and that it has 'many favourable features'. It's good for a wide range of seizure types, it has a low starting dose, it's as effective as modern drugs, and low levels of the drug can stay in the body for long periods. And it's cheap. Of course it's the last point that will ensure it won't be making a reappearance at an out-patient unit near you. Never mind that the side effects read like a horror show that prompted even the UK's sleepy drug watchdogs to act. Drowsiness, depression and vomiting are very common side effects, but you're also likely to get nightmares, constipation and joint pains, and if you're unlucky you might also get seizures, unusual bleeding, fever and severe skin rash. Oh yes, and if you drink alcohol, there's a good chance you will die. The drug is 'poorly tolerated' among young people, which is drug-speak for saying that they shouldn't come within five miles of it, and coming off the drug is the real problem. Not that any of the approved epilepsy drugs is a day at the beach, and we have records of a number of deaths of people while taking one of the more recent anti-epileptics. And here's the real mystery. Why is the World Health Organization actively promoting a drug to the developing world that the UK authorities have banned? All in all, perhaps we should let sleeping dogs lie - which reminds us that it might be a good idea to stop prescribing the wretched thing to our dogs as well. (Source: British Medical Journal, 2004; 329: 1199-1200).
Add your comment      
About The Author
What Doctors Don’t Tell You is one of the few publications in the world that can justifiably claim to solve people's health problems - and even save lives. Our monthly newsletter gives you the facts you won't read anywhere else about what works, what doesn't work and what may harm you in both orthodox and alternative medicine. We'll also tell you how you can prevent illness.......more
Related Articles
 
Share   Facebook   Buzz   Delicious   Digg   Twitter  
 
 
 
 
 
 
From Our Sponsor
 
 
 
 
 
 
Featured Events
Wellness Inventory Certification Training
     September 16-December 16, 2014
     Teleclass, CA USA
 
Additional Calendar Links
 
Wellness, Thinking, dimension!

Search   
Home       Wellness       Health A-Z       Alternative Therapies       Find a Practitioner       Healthy Products       Bookstore       Wellness Inventory
Healthy Kitchen       Healthy Woman       Healthy Man       Healthy Child       Healthy Aging       Wellness Center       Nutrition Center       Fitness Center
Free Newsletter      What Doctor's Don't Tell You      Stevia.com      Discount Lab Tests      First Aid      Global Health Calendar      Privacy Policy     Contact Us

Disclaimer: The information provided on HealthWorld Online is for educational purposes only and IS NOT intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek professional medical advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.