Phenobarbital is an anticonvulsant drug that has been used since 1912 and it is still one of the better drugs for this purpose. Phenobarbital is used to treat infants (ages 0-1 year) with any type of seizure disorder, and other children with generalized, partial or febrile seizures. It is also used for treatment of status epilepticus (seizures lasting greater than 15 minutes).
Depakene and Depakote are closely related drugs used for the treatment of petit mal, grand mal, mixed and akinetic-myoclonic seizures. (For convenience, we will refer to Depakene in the remainder of this information sheet, however, the drugs are interchangable except where noted).
The Video EEG Monitoring Test is a more specialized form of an EEG test in which the patient is constantly monitored over a video screen. This allows doctors to observe brainwave activity during the time a seizure or spell is occurring.