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Pentothal Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is thiopental (Pentothal)?
- What are the possible side effects of thiopental (Pentothal)?
- What is the most important information I should know about thiopental (Pentothal)?
- What should I discuss with my health care provider before I receive thiopental (Pentothal)?
- How is thiopental given (Pentothal)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Pentothal)?
- What happens if I overdose (Pentothal)?
- What should I avoid after receiving thiopental (Pentothal)?
- What other drugs will affect thiopental (Pentothal)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Pentothal)?
Since thiopental is usually given just for anesthesia, you are not likely to be on a dosing schedule.
What happens if I overdose (Pentothal)?
An overdose of thiopental is unlikely to occur since the medication is given by a doctor. Your vital signs will be closely watched while you are under anesthesia to make sure the medication is not causing any harmful effects.
What should I avoid after receiving thiopental (Pentothal)?
Avoid drinking alcohol for at least 24 hours after you leave the hospital or surgery center.
Thiopental can cause severe drowsiness or dizziness, which may last for several hours. You will need someone to drive you home after your surgery or procedure. Do not drive yourself or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert for at least 24 hours.
What other drugs will affect thiopental (Pentothal)?
Tell your doctor about all other medications you use, especially:
- blood pressure medication; or
- a diuretic (water pill).
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with thiopental. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about thiopental.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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