Brevital Sodium

Last updated on RxList: 11/9/2020
Brevital Sodium Side Effects Center

What Is Brevital Sodium?

Brevital Sodium (methohexital sodium for injection) is a barbiturate used to make you fall asleep before a surgery or other medical procedure. Brevital Sodium is usually given in combination with other types of anesthesia.

What Are Side Effects of Brevital Sodium?

Common side effects of Brevital Sodium include:

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,
  • confusion,
  • anxiety, or
  • restlessness when coming out of anesthesia.

Dosage for Brevital Sodium

The dose of Brevital Sodium is individualized and is done in a clinical setting before a medical or surgical procedure.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Brevital Sodium?

Brevital Sodium may interact with phenytoin, blood thinners, or steroids. Tell your doctor all medications you use.

Brevital Sodium During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

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.

Additional Information

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.

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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Tell your caregivers right away if you have:

  • severe burning or swelling where the medicine was injected;
  • fast heartbeats;
  • numbness or tingly feeling;
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
  • weak or shallow breathing; or
  • confusion, anxiety, or restless feeling when coming out of anesthesia.

Side effects such as confusion, depression, or excitement may be more likely in older adults and those who are ill or debilitated.

Common side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;
  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
  • chills or shivering;
  • coughing, hiccups;
  • muscle twitching; or
  • mild skin rash or itching.

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Brevital Sodium (Methohexital Sodium for Injection)

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SIDE EFFECTS

Side effects associated with BREVITAL are extensions of pharmacologic effects and include:

Cardiovascular

Circulatory depression, thrombophlebitis, hypotension, tachycardia, peripheral vascular collapse, and convulsions in association with cardiorespiratory arrest

Respiratory

Respiratory depression (including apnea), cardiorespiratory arrest, laryngospasm, bronchospasm, hiccups, and dyspnea

Neurologic

Skeletal muscle hyperactivity (twitching), injury to nerves adjacent to injection site, and seizures

Psychiatric

Emergence delirium, restlessness, and anxiety may occur, especially in the presence of postoperative pain

Gastrointestinal

Nausea, emesis, abdominal pain, and liver function tests abnormal

Allergic

Erythema, pruritus, urticaria, and cases of anaphylaxis have been reported rarely

Other

Other adverse reactions include pain at injection site, salivation, headache, and rhinitis

For medical advice about adverse reactions contact your medical professional. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Par Pharmaceutical at 1-800-828-9393 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or ww.fda.gov/medwatch/.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Brevital Sodium (Methohexital Sodium for Injection)

© Brevital Sodium Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Brevital Sodium Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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