When is phenobarbital used in the treatment of delirium tremens (DTs)?

Updated: Nov 06, 2020
  • Author: Michael James Burns, MD, FACEP, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Michael R Pinsky, MD, CM, Dr(HC), FCCP, FAPS, MCCM  more...
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An appropriate use for phenobarbital might be a situation in which agitation has not been controlled well with high doses of benzodiazepines. Then, one could administer a small dose of phenobarbital and repeat every 30 minutes until sedation occurs.


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