Detailed Description of a Successful Outpatient Taper of Phenobarbital Therapy
Kristi Geurian, PharmD;
Ilene Burns, MD
Arch Fam Med. 1994;3(5):458-460.
Phenobarbital therapy may be successfully discontinued in elderly patients, particularly when there is no clear indication for its use. When discontinuing phenobarbital therapy, tapering is recommended to avoid the signs and the symptoms of phenobarbital withdrawal. However, detailed descriptions of the design and implementation of such a taper are not easily found in the medical literature. This case report describes in detail a method used to conduct a successful outpatient taper of phenobarbital therapy.
From the Department of Medical Education, Saint Margaret Memorial Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa.