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Phenobarbital Brand, Generic, And Street Names

Last Updated: March 20, 2024

Authored by Roger Weiss, MD

Reviewed by David Levin

There are many phenobarbital brands in today’s pharmaceutical market with various brand labels and different drug classes. Phenobarbital is popularly known by other forenames such as Phenobarb or Phenobarbitone. Since the discovery of the drug in 1912, its vocabulary has continually evolved based on its effects, properties, trend, and others. Phenobarbital brand names may differ from one region to the other. The brand “Luminal” was the first Phenobarbital manufacturer right before the introduction of multiple brands.

Phenobarbital names differ mainly when mixed with multiple ingredients and medications to fulfill various functions as well as when making purchases without prescriptions from uncertified distributors. Phenobarb elixir, for example, can go by a different label from its tablets if purchased in the streets. Let’s see what other nomenclature phenobarb is known by and the reason behind these terms.

Phenobarb Brand And Generic Games

  • What is phenobarbital? The name phenobarb itself is quite common and associated with CNS depressants which act by inducing a euphoric effect on users. What is Phenobarb used for? Individual brand labels are definitive of use, such that when combined with other medications, they mitigate certain medical conditions. The barbiturate phenobarb falls under the slow acting longer lasting medicines which can lead to addiction depending on the regularity of phenobarbital dose. Here is a list of brands and generic labels as well as their peculiarities as medications for treatment.
    man looking at different drug formulations and brands
  • Luminal or Solfoton – The phenobarbital brand name is of the drug class Anticonvulsant barbiturates.  They can be administered intravenously or orally as phenobarbitone elixir or tabs. The Luminal is used explicitly as medication for insomnia, seizures, hyperbilirubinemia, and as a sedative.Epinil – The Phenobarbital generic name is categorized as antispasmodics used in controlling seizures, epilepsy, and relieving anxiety. The medication is available in tablets manufactured by Inga laboratories Pvt LTD
  • Phenobarbitone Sodium – Essentially, the phenobarbital generic brand is also associated with the control of seizures and as a sedative for anxiety. Nicholas Piramal India LTD manufactures the intravenous-type medication.
  • Phenetone – The antispasmodic drug classes and anticholinergics is what forms the basis for phenetone. It functions by slowing down activity in the brain. Cipla LTD manufactures tablet-type medication.
  • Barbinol – The phenobarbital brand can be administered intravenously, as a tablet and a syrup. The medication is categorized as an antispasmodic as well as anticholinergics. Manufactured by Human Antibiotic Pharmaceuticals PVT LTD, each medication comes in different strength levels.
  • Gardenal  – Manufactured by Piramal Healthcare, the medication is available in phenobarbital elixir and tabs (60mg and 60ml). It functions as the first line of action for seizures, and it relieves anxiety. Phenobarbital contraindications apply to individuals with a history of latent porphyria, liver disease, hypersensitivity to barbiturates, and more.
  • Shinosun – The phenobarb brand label is categorized under the antispasmodics and anticholinergics. The peculiarity of this medication is in its application as a solution to febrile convulsions and anxiety disorders. It may also be prescribed for Neonatal hepatitis, Meningitis, Crigler- Najjar syndrome, and others. The manufacturers of this brand are Sunrise Remedies PVT LTD
  • Fenobarb – The Phenobarbital trade name is classified as antispasmodic and anticholinergic manufactured by Samarth Pharma PVT LTD. The medication comes in tablet and intravenous forms.
  • Epigard – Manufactured by Embiotic Laboratories (p) LTD, the brand is prescribed for seizures, anxiety disorder, and many other mental hyperactivity.

Phenobarbitone Street Names

Many individuals who indulge in phenobarbital recreational self-medication often do so without a medical prescription. Some individuals believe that the only way to purchase a highly potent abusive drug such as phenobarb without prescription is to buy them through illegal street distributors. In the streets, one drug can go by many appellations. These slangs are often used for privacy from the law or detection by other people. Often the terms may seem completely far-fetched and unrelated to the drug itself, this makes it even harder to identify the drug.

So what are the reasons behind the labels? Where are they derived from? Phenobarbital generic and brand name is often coined by manufacturers and may often reveal the forename of some of its components or primary ingredient. Street labels, on the other hand, are derived from some of the following:

  • Shape, color, and nature of the drug
  • The physical effects that the drug induces
  • Abbreviations of the actual name
  • The kind of people who commonly use this drug

While barbiturates as a whole have quite many street labels, phenobarb street titles are:

  • goofballs
  • Phennies
  • purple hearts
  • Karachi

Moreover, it has its downsides, such as overdose. Phenobarbital overdose treatment is the first line of action in this case.

Reasons To Know The Other Names For Phenobarbital

Aside from the brand name for phenobarbital and a few generic terms, other labels may be a bit challenging to get a hold, unless the individual has made previous purchases through this means. The names for phenobarb may continue to evolve depending on the distributors and new pharmaceutical manufacturing brands that may spring up.

For those who may be on this medication on a long-term basis, it is crucial to know the other names of this drug as well as combinations to be able to identify the drug.

Phenobarb is a schedule IV drug and can lead to tolerance and addiction. Phenobarbital withdrawal symptoms can be quite extreme; this is why the drug should only be taken or stopped after consulting a medical professional.

In case of developing dependence on this medication, the patient should contact the prescribing physician and the addiction treatment facility immediately. The plan for drug abuse treatment will be worked out with all the inidividual needs taken into consideration.

Page Sources

  1. Phenobarbital Compound Summary. U.S. National Library of Medicine. National Center for Biotechnology Information. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Phenobarbital

Published on: March 17th, 2024

Updated on: March 20th, 2024

About Author

Roger Weiss, MD

Dr. Roger Weiss is a practicing mental health specialist at the hospital. Dr. Weiss combines his clinical practice and medical writing career since 2009. Apart from these activities, Dr. Weiss also delivers lectures for youth, former addicts, and everyone interested in topics such as substance abuse and treatment.

Medically Reviewed by

David Levin


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