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

Respiratory depression


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

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

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

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