Thiopental

Generic Name:Thiopental

Thipental Sodium is a prescribed medication used for those patients who are suffering from brain disorders. Thiopental is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. Thiopental slows the activity of your brain and nervous system. Thiopental Sodium is used to help you relax before you receive general anesthesia with an inhaled medication.

How to Use Thiopental Injections

  • Thiopental Sodium is given as an injection through a needle placed into a vein. You will receive this injection in a hospital or at clinic of your healthcare provider.
  • You will be given this medication while you are lying down. You will fall asleep very quickly after thiopental is injected.
  • Your caregivers will monitor your heart function, blood pressure, and breathing while you are under the effects of thiopental.

Cautions before Use Thiopental Injections

  • People suffering from liver disease are advised to not to take this medicine.
  • Patients who have a medical history of Addison’s disease are restricted from using this medication.
  • Patients who have a severe thyroid disorder or myxedema are suggested to not to take this medication.
  • Patients who are suffering from severe heart disease cannot take Thiopental.
  • Patients who have severe low blood pressure are advised to not to take this medication.
  • Patients who are having a severe breathing disorder should not take Thiopental.
  • People who have a history of porphyria an enzyme disorder that often causes blue discoloration of the skin
  • Thiopental can cause severe drowsiness or dizziness, which may last for several hours. Make sure that you do not drive or operate any heavy machinery just after having this medication.

Thiopental Injections Side Effects

The side effects which may arise due to the usage of Thiopental are as follows:

  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Hiccups

Interactions and Overdose of Thiopental Injections

This medicine may interact with thiopental or other barbiturates such as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton.

An overdose of thiopental is unlikely to occur. But since this medicine is given in presence of the doctor you do not need to get any problems with it.

 

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