Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Brevital Sodium
Generic Name: methohexital (Pronunciation: METH oh HEX i tal)
What is methohexital (Brevital Sodium)?
Methohexital is a barbiturate (bar-BIT-chur-ate). Methohexital slows the activity of your brain and nervous system.
Methohexital is used to make you fall asleep before a surgery or other medical procedure. It is usually given in combination with other types of anesthesia.
Methohexital may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What are the possible side effects of methohexital (Brevital Sodium)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Tell your caregivers at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about methohexital (Brevital Sodium)?
You should not receive this medication if you have porphyria, or if you are allergic to methohexital or similar medications such as amobarbital (Amytal), butabarbital (Butisol), mephobarbital (Mebaral), secobarbital (Seconal), or phenobarbital (Solfoton).
Before receiving methohexital, tell your doctor if you have a seizure disorder, asthma or COPD, anemia, an endocrine disorder, liver disease, high or low blood pressure, heart disease, congestive heart failure, or circulation problems.
This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.
Drowsiness may last for several hours. You will need someone to drive you home from after you receive methohexital.
Avoid drinking alcohol just after receiving methohexital.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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