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    Thiopental Sodium

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    Thiopental sodium uses

    Thiopental Sodium is used in anesthesia.

    How thiopental sodium works

    Thiopental Sodium is a general anaesthetic. It works by causing reversible loss of consciousness to allow surgery without pain and distress.

    Common side effects of thiopental sodium

    Drowsiness, Skin rash, Nausea, Vomiting, Diarrhea, Vertigo
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    Written By
    Dr. Swati Mishra
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Shilpa Garcha
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    16 Oct 2019 | 01:31 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Thiopental Sodium

    • 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 for Thiopental Sodium

    Thiopental Sodium

    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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)