Thiopental Sodium

How It Works:

Thiopental sodium belongs to a class of drugs called barbiturates. It works by depressing the central nervous system, causing mild sedation or sleep, depending on the dose.

Side Effects:

sneezing or spasm of the airways; difficulty in breathing, fatigue, fall in blood pressure, delirium - may occur in elderly patients, anorexia, drowsiness, Coughing, nausea with or without vomiting, dizziness, shivering, low body temperature and severely reduced brain function., malaise, headache

Used For:

Thiopental sodium is used as general anesthesia with an inhaled medication to prevent pain or to relax muscles, to control fits and to reduce intracranial (skull cavity) pressure.

Instructions:

  • Take special care if you have heart disease, circulatory problems, anemia, increased pressure in brain, muscle weakness or degeneration, thyroid problems, asthma, burns, shock.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery especially during the first 24 to 36 hours after the injection as thiopental cause drowsiness and disorientation.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or taking other medications that cause drowsiness (eg, sedatives, tranquilizers) while taking thiopental as it may lead to serious side effects.
  • Ensure that you practice additional pregnancy control methods as thiopental may decrease the effectiveness of the birth control pills.
  • Use thiopental with caution if you are an elderly patient, as you may be more sensitive to its effects, especially drowsiness, depression, or confusion.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is thiopental sodium safe during pregnancy? Thiopental Sodium should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.    Q. Is it safe to use thiopental sodium during breastfeeding? Thiopental Sodium should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits justify the potential risk to the baby. Please follow your doctor's advice regarding its use.   Q. How does sodium thiopental work as a truth serum? Sodium thiopental alters certain functions in the brain to make the person incapable of lying and he/she may speak only the truth.
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