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Phenobarbital effects

I've posted a few threads on here during the diagnosis of my dogs epilepsy.  After a cluster seizure on Friday where he had 4 in a row, we decided to stop tracking the frequency of seizures and get him on medicine asap.  Prior to this, he has had 4 other seizures in 3 weeks; so, enough to start medicating.

Today is day 3 on the Phenobarb, and I know the side effects are thirst, hunger, ataxia (loss of hind quarter coordination), and lethargy.  He is experiencing all of these, most noticeably his hunger and coordination.  My questions to anyone who has a dog on PB are:

-How long until the side effects subside, and which ones are long term effects?
-Do you feed more for the excessive hunger, or keep him on the same diet (I worry that he'll gain weight by feeding more, but he is SO hungry..)?
-Have you ever experienced behavioral changes on the meds?

Thanks,
Kate
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