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THIOPENTAL (Pentothal®) helps to produce relaxation, deep sleep or loss of consciousness before and during surgery. It does not relieve pain. Thiopental may be supplemented by other medicines to produce the type of anesthesia (loss of sensation) required. Thiopental is used to control seizures in status epilepticus (a series of seizures without regaining consciousness). Generic thiopental injections are available.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
a history of seizures or convulsions
an alcohol or drug abuse problem
anemia, or low blood iron
asthma or other breathing difficulties, such as sleep apnea; lung disease
heart or blood vessel disease
high or low blood pressure
liver or kidney disease
low blood pressure
mental depression or other mental health issues; thoughts of suicide
neuromuscular disease, such as muscular dystrophy or myasthenia gravis
an unusual or allergic reaction to thiopental, other barbiturates, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Thiopental is for injection into a vein. It is given by a trained health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
This does not apply.
herbal products, including St. John's wort
medicines for anxiety and sleeping problems, such as diazepam or temazepam
medicines for depression
medicines for colds, breathing difficulties, or weight loss
medicines for high blood pressure
medicines for mental problems and psychotic disturbances
medicines for pain
Tell your prescriber or health care professional about all other medicines you are taking, including non-prescription medicines, nutritional supplements, or herbal products. Also tell your prescriber or health care professional if you are a frequent user of drinks with caffeine or alcohol, if you smoke, or if you use illegal drugs. These may affect the way your medicine works. Check with your health care professional before stopping or starting any of your medicines.
The effects of thiopental generally wear off in a few hours. However, thiopental can affect your ability to drive or do anything that needs mental alertness. Do not attempt to drive yourself home if you have received thiopental for minor outpatient surgery. You may feel dizzy and lightheaded. To reduce the risk of dizzy or fainting spells, do not sit up or stand up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. Alcohol can make you more drowsy or dizzy, avoid alcoholic drinks for at least 24 hours after you receive thiopental.
Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:
back, leg, or stomach pain
coughing or hiccups
difficulty breathing, wheezing
dizziness or lightheadedness
irregular heartbeats (palpitations)
numbness or tingling in the hands or feet
pain or swelling at the injection site
skin rash, itching (hives)
swelling of the face, lips or eyelids
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
anxiety, confusion, hallucinations
shivering or trembling
THIOPENTAL (Pentothal®) helps to produce relaxation, deep sleep or loss of consciousness before and during surgery. It does not relieve pain. Thiopental may be supplemented by other medicines to produce the type of anesthesia (loss of sensation) required. Generic thiopental rectal solution can be made by a pharmacist.
bowel or stomach disease; rectal bleeding
Thiopental is introduced into the rectum (back passage) with a special applicator. It is administered by a trained health-care professional in a hospital or clinic setting.
rectal irritation or bleeding, or cramps