Phenobarbitol [Tattoo]

By Carl Zimmer | January 15, 2009 1:09 pm

phenotattoo.jpgMitchell writes: “My science tattoo is an illustration of the molecular structure of phenobarbital. My cat has epilepsy and I have to give her pheno twice a day to prevent her seizures.  I also have a background in chemistry and biology, so this tattoo is a tribute to both my cat and the nerdiness of science in general.”

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  1. Phenobarbitol [Tattoo] | MamentoMori | January 15, 2009
  1. I took phenobarb in the late 70’s for my epilepsy and now give it to my epileptic Husky daily. Current human seizure meds are a lot gentler on the psyche. I now take Lamictal and Keppra. When I took phenobarb I was numbed. I called it “living in a baggie” with a thin plastic film between me and the world. My dog doesn’t seem dulled by it.

    It’s hell to withdraw from. I got off too fast and started craving it – had to taper off slower.

    Nice tat.

  2. Mitchell

    Thanks. Yeah, my cat gets pretty doped up (she’s tiny). She hates getting the nasty red liquid, but if I don’t give it to her, eventually she’ll come crying…my little kitty is a fiend for sure! I’d love to give her Keppra, but it’s just too darn expensive.


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Carl Zimmer writes about science regularly for The New York Times and magazines such as DISCOVER, which also hosts his blog, The LoomHe is the author of 12 books, the most recent of which is Science Ink: Tattoos of the Science Obsessed.


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