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Thiopental Sodium



Thiopental Sodium is used in anesthesia

How it works

Thiopental sodium causes a reversible loss of consciousness allowing surgery to facilitate surgery without pain and distress.

Common side effects

Drowsiness, Skin rash, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhoea, Vertigo

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Expert advice

  • 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 asked questions

Thiopental Sodium


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.

Content on this page was last updated on 06 March, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)