What is Brevital Sodium?
Brevital Sodium is a barbiturate (bar-BIT-chur-ate). This medicine slows the activity of your brain and nervous system.
Brevital Sodium is used to cause you to fall asleep before a surgery or other medical procedure.
Brevital Sodium may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
- stomach pain,
- chills or shivering,
- muscle twitching, or
- mild skin rash or itching.
Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of Brevital Sodium including:
- severe burning or swelling where the medicine was injected,
- seizures (convulsions),
- numbness or tingly feeling,
- feeling like you might pass out,
- fast heart rate,
- weak or shallow breathing,
- anxiety, or
- restlessness when coming out of anesthesia.
The dose of Brevital Sodium is individualized and is done in a clinical setting before a medical or surgical procedure. Brevital Sodium may interact with phenytoin, blood thinners, or steroids. Tell your doctor all medications you use. Brevital Sodium is not expected to be harmful to a fetus. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment. This drug may pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Brevital Sodium (methohexital sodium for injection) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
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.