Nembutal Sodium Solution

Generic Name: Pentobarbital

  • What is Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Nembutal is a medicine used for the short-term treatment of insomnia (difficulty sleeping), as a preanesthetic, and to treat certain types of seizures. Nembutal is administered intramuscularly (injected into the muscle) or intravenously (through a vein in your arm).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Your doctor will not administer Nembutal to you if you have a history of porphyria (a blood disorder that interferes with how your body produces heme, which is the oxygen-carrying component of your red blood cells).

    Nembutal carries a risk of mental and physical dependence. Nembutal can impair the mental and physical abilities required to perform hazardous tasks (such as driving or operating machinery).

    Do not consume alcohol while receiving Nembutal.

    If Nembutal is used with other medications that slow down your brain function (such as alprazolam, diazepam, diphenhydramine, or narcotics), it can cause additional central nervous system effects.

  • Who should not take Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Your doctor will not administer Nembutal to you if you are allergic to it, any of its ingredients, or to similar products; or if you have porphyria; or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Nembutal. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a history of blood disorders, depression, liver disease, or drug or alcohol abuse.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children: Your doctor will administer the appropriate dose for you based on your age, weight, and condition.

    If you have kidney or liver impairment, your doctor will adjust your dose appropriately.

  • How should I take Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Your doctor will administer Nembutal to you in a hospital setting.

  • What should I avoid while taking Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Do not consume alcohol or take narcotic painkillers (such as hydrocodone or oxycodone), tranquilizers (such as alprazolam or lorazepam), antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine or doxylamine), or other medications that slow down your brain function unless under the recommendation and guidance of your doctor.

    Nembutal can impair your mental and physical ability to perform potentially hazardous tasks (such as driving or operating heavy machinery). Do not participate in any activities that require full alertness until you know how Nembutal affects you.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    If Nembutal is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to tell your doctor if you are taking any of the following prior to treatment with Nembutal: alcohol, birth control pills, blood thinners (such as aspirin and warfarin), corticosteroids (such as prednisone), doxycycline, griseofulvin, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), a class of drugs used to treat depression and other psychiatric conditions (such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine), phenytoin, or valproic acid.

  • What are the possible side effects of Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abnormal thinking, agitation, anxiety, confusion, constipation, difficulty sleeping, dizziness, fever, hallucinations, headache, low blood pressure, nausea, nervousness, nightmares, sleepiness, slow heart rate, vomiting

  • Can I receive Nembutal Sodium Solution if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Do not become pregnant while you are receiving Nembutal. Nembutal may cause harm to your unborn baby if you receive it during pregnancy. Nembutal can be found in your breast milk if you received it while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Do not miss your follow-up appointments with your doctor.

  • How should I store Nembutal Sodium Solution?

    Your doctor will store this medication for you.