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Nembutal sodium (injection)

Generic Name: Pentobarbital (injection) [PEN-toe-BAR-bi-tal]
Name of the Brand: Nembutal Sodium
Drug Class: Barbiturates

What is Nembutal sodium?

Nembutal sodium is a short-term treatment for treating insomnia or making you sleep during surgical procedures.

Nembutal sodium is also employed in emergency situations to treat seizures.Nembutal sodium could also be used for other purposes that are not covered in this guide.

Side effects of Nembutal sodium

See a doctor immediately. If you are experiencing warning signs of an allergic response, such as symptoms of hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, tongue, throat, or face,

Nembutal sodium may cause serious adverse side effects. Contact your physician immediately when you experience:

  • Confusion, agitation, and hallucinations;
  • Breath that is weak or shallow;
  • Slow heartbeat or weak pulse;
  • Feeling lightheaded, like you're about to pass out.

The effects of side effects like confusion, depression, or excitement can be more common in older people or those who are sick or have a debilitating condition.

Common adverse effects of Nembutal The potential side effects of sodium include:

  • Drowsiness, dizziness;
  • Balance loss or coordination
  • Nausea, vomiting, and constipation;
  • Hyperactive reflexes;
  • Sleep problems (insomnia), nightmares,
  • Being anxious or restless (especially for children and older adults).

This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and other effects may also be present. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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You shouldn't take the drug phenobarbital if you have a serious liver illness or a history of addiction to similar drugs.

Before you take this drug

You shouldn't make use of nembutal sodium if you're sensitive to it or if you suffer from

  • A background that is related to the condition known as porphyria (a genetic disorder of enzymes that results in symptoms affecting the nervous system or skin).

Inform your doctor if you were ever diagnosed with:

  • Liver disease;
  • Kidney disease;
  • Temporarily or chronic discomfort and
  • The addiction to phenobarbital or similar medications.

Nembutal sodium may harm an unborn baby. If you take Nembutal sodium during pregnancy, your baby may be born with potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms and could require medical treatment for several weeks.

Phenobarbital can reduce the effectiveness of the birth control pill. Consult your physician about an alternative to hormonal birth control (condom diaphragm or diaphragm that contains spermicide) to stop pregnancy.

Sedatives during surgical procedures can impact the brain development of the infant or an unborn baby (when employed by the mother), which can lead to behavioral or learning issues later in the course of the procedure. Long surgeries or repeated procedures are the most risky. dangers.Consult your doctor to determine whether it is safe to breastfeed right after receiving Nembutal sodium.

How to take Nembutal sodium?

Follow all instructions on the prescription label and also read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Follow the medication precisely as directed.

Nembutal sodium can cause addiction. Don't share this medication with anyone else, particularly one who has a history of dependence or abuse. Keep the medication in a location where other people are not able to access it. Giving away or selling this medicine is against the law.Nembutal sodium is injectable into muscles or through a vein via an IV. A doctor will generally provide the injection.

You might be taught how to utilize Nembutal sodium at home. Don't give yourself the medicine when you don't know how to administer the injection correctly or properly get rid of catheters for IVs and other equipment that is used.In the event of injection into a vein, nembutal sodium is to be administered slowly.

Your blood pressure, breathing, kidney function, oxygen levels, and other vital indicators will be closely monitored after you have received Nembutal sodium in a hospital environment.Do not take Nembutal sodium if it's changed color or has particles within it. Contact your pharmacist to inquire about any new medications.

Don't reuse needles or syringes. Put them in an impervious to puncture "sharps" container and dispose of it according to local or state laws. Be sure to keep it out of range of children and pets.If you take this medication over a long period of time, you could require regular medical tests.

Do not stop taking this medication suddenly following prolonged use, or you may experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Discuss with your doctor the best way to stop using Nembutal sodium.Keep at room temperature, away from heat and moisture. Don't freeze.

What happens If I miss a dose?

Because nembutal sodium is typically employed only in situations where it is needed, it is possible that you are not following a regular dosing regimen. If you're following a regimen, take the missed dose as quickly as you can remember. Avoid any missed doses if you are close to the time of the next scheduled dose. Do not take additional medication in order to compensate for missing doses.

What happens If I overdose?

Contact emergency medical assistance if you believe you've consumed too much nembutal sodium. Pentobarbital in excess can cause death.

What should be avoided?

Nembutal sodium can trigger side effects that can affect your ability to think or react. Be aware of this if you are driving or doing any other activity that requires you to stay alert as well as awake.

Do not consume alcohol. Dangerous side effects may occur when alcohol is mixed with nembutal sodium.

Interaction with other drugs

The use of Nembutal along with other drugs that can slow your breathing could cause serious negative side effects or even death. Ask your doctor prior to taking opioids, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medication to treat an anxiety disorder or seizures.

Inform your doctor about your current medications. A variety of drugs can impact nembutal sodium, particularly:

  • Doxycycline;
  • Griseofulvin;
  • Birth control pill or replacement for estrogens;
  • A blood thinner—Warfarin, Coumadin, Jantoven;
  • An MAO inhibitor—isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, tranylcypromine, and others;
  • Other seizure medications—divalproex, phenytoin, valproic acid,
  • Steroid medicine—prednisone, dexamethasone, prednisolone, and others.

This isn't a complete list, and a variety of other medications could influence nembutal sodium. This includes over-the-counter and prescription drugs, vitamins, and herbal products. The interactions of all drugs are included here.



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