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Thiopental Sodium

INFORMATION

Uses

Thiopental Sodium is used in epilepsy and anesthesia.

How it works

Thiopental Sodium controls seizures or fits by increasing the action of GABA, a chemical messenger which suppresses the abnormal and excessive activity of the nerve cells in the brain.

Common side effects

Vomiting, Nausea, Body temperature decreased, Reduced brain function, Cough, Decreased blood pressure, Dizziness, Drowsiness, Fatigue, Headache, Loss of appetite, Feeling of discomfort, Shivering, Sneezing, Brochospasm, Delirium (acute confusional state)

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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

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 28 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)