Mephobarbital (mebaral) is used for:
Treating anxiety, tension, and apprehension, and preventing seizures. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.
Mephobarbital is a barbiturate. It works by depressing the central nervous system or brain. In low doses, it causes mild sedation. As the dose increases, it can cause sleep and even coma. As it causes the brain to relax, it also decreases seizure activity.
Do NOT use mephobarbital if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in mephobarbital
- you have the blood disorder porphyria
- you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB) or voriconazole
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using mephobarbital:
Some medical conditions may interact with mephobarbital. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have depression, pain, lung or breathing problems, heart problems, or myasthenia gravis
- if you have a history of kidney or liver problems, substance abuse or dependence, or suicidal thoughts or behavior
Mephobarbital can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormone method of birth control (such as a condom, diaphragm, spermicide) to prevent pregnancy while taking mephobarbital.
Mephobarbital may be habit-forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Mephobarbital should never be shared with another person, especially someone who has a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a secure place where others cannot get to it.