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phenobarb side effects

My 9yr old 10# poodle started about 2 yrs ago with an occasional siezure--with the help of my vet we attributed these to stress and controlled them with an occasional valium.  5 days ago I broke my leg and things around our home are way out of wack, Brutus started haveing siezures  the next day, the valium wasn't working so we took him to the Vet (his Vet is off so we seen his partner) who gave him the IV valium and pheonobard to get him under control.  He has been siezure free for 2 1/2 days, we have tirated the pheonobarb down due to constant pacing, falling, whining, howling, just totally not himself.  After speaking to the Vet yest he sugg. waiting 16 hrs and only give 1/4 of a pill.  This morning he seemed to be coming around, then gave him a 1/4 of a pill and sx's have returned--not as bad but this uncontrolled pacing and whining is killing me. Tried crating him (he has never been in a crate) but this just made the whining worse.   Will he eventually adjust to this?  If so how long, if not what next?
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Hi. Getting the levels of phenobarb just right can be a bit hit and miss, trial and error, but eventually it will be worth it. Of course, if you are even slightly concerned, talk to your vet. If things don't settle down within a few weeks, I would also ask about alternatives to phenobarbitone, as there are quite a few very similar drugs that your best friend may tolerate better. The tablets peaks at about 4 to 8 hours after the pill has been taken, so look for optimal effect during this period. It can take up to 4 weeks for the blood levels to stabilize, so it may be that you just have to be watchful and a little patient with it. Let us know how you get on. Tony
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