A neonate in status epilepticus is administered phenobarbital. The nurse should be most concerned about which side effect?


•Phenobarbital, like all barbiturates, can cause severe respiratory and cardiac depression. The nurse should be prepared to administer oxygen or vasopressors.

•Dizziness and rash are both a potential side effects of phenobarbital, but they are not a concern in this scenario.

•Hypertensive crisis is not a known side effect of phenobarbital.

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