What Is Nembutal?
Nembutal (pentobarbital sodium) is a barbiturate that acts as a depressant, or sedative, used short-term to treat insomnia. Nembutal is also used as an emergency treatment for seizures, and to cause patients to fall asleep for surgery alsobNembutal is available in generic form.
What Are Side Effects of Nembutal?
Common side effects of Nembutal include:
- problems with memory or concentration,
- aggression (especially in children or older adults),
- loss of balance or coordination,
- “hangover” effect (drowsiness the day after a dose),
- low blood pressure,
- injection site reactions, or
- skin rash.
IM: 150mg–200mg (max 5mL/inj) as a single deep IM inj. IV: Inject slowly (max 50mg/min). ≥70kg: initially 100mg; observe and monitor vital signs at least 1 minute, then may increase as needed in small increments to usual max 500mg. Elderly, debilitated, renal or hepatic impairment: reduce dose.
IM: 2–6mg/kg as a single deep IM inj; max 100mg. IV: inject slowly; reduce adult dose proportionally (see literature).
Nembutal is intestinally absorbable. Indeed, it is packaged as a rectal suppository for physicians to use when a patient is unable to swallow.
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