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Seconal Sodium Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What are the possible side effects of secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What is the most important information I should know about secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- How should I take secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Seconal Sodium)?
- What happens if I overdose (Seconal Sodium)?
- What should I avoid while taking secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What other drugs will affect secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose (Seconal Sodium)?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Take secobarbital only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. If you do not have time to get a full night's sleep after taking the medication, skip the missed dose and take the medicine at your next regularly scheduled sleep time. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose (Seconal Sodium)?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. An overdose of secobarbital can be fatal.
Overdose symptoms may include slow or shallow breathing, blurred vision, extreme drowsiness, feeling light-headed, or fainting.
What should I avoid while taking secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
Secobarbital can cause side effects that may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be awake and alert.
Cold or allergy medicine, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by secobarbital. Tell your doctor if you regularly use any of these other medicines.
Avoid drinking alcohol. It can increase some of the side effects of secobarbital.
What other drugs will affect secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
Many drugs can interact with secobarbital. Below is just a partial list. Tell your doctor if you are using:
- acetaminophen (Tylenol);
- a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin);
- an antibiotic such as doxycycline (Adoxa, Doryx, Mondox, Oracea, Vibramycin, and others), griseofulvin (Grisactin, Fulvicin PG, Grifulvin V), or metronidazole (Flagyl);
- birth control pills or estrogen hormone replacement, including estrogen (Premarin), estradiol (Estrace, Femtrace, and others), progesterone (Progest, Prometrium), and others;
- theophylline (Theo-Dur, Theochron, Theolair, Slo-Bid, others);
- a heart rhythm medication such as quinidine (Cardioquin, Quinidex, Quinora, Quinaglute);
- seizure medications such as carbamazepine (Carbatrol, Tegretol), divalproex (Depakote), phenytoin (Dilantin), or valproic acid (Depakene);
- heart or blood pressure medication such as atenolol (Tenormin), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol), propranolol (Inderal, InnoPran), felodipine (Plendil) nifedipine (Procardia, Adalat), verapamil (Calan);
- an MAO inhibitor such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam), or tranylcypromine (Parnate); or
- steroids such as prednisone (Orasone, Deltasone), prednisolone (Prelone, Delta Cortef), methylprednisolone (Medrol), and others.
This list is not complete and there may be other drugs that can interact with secobarbital. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about secobarbital.
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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