methohexital-injection, Brevital (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: Pain and redness at the injection site, drowsiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, or shivering may occur after the use of this medication. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these unlikely but serious side effects: burning sensation at the site of injection, changes in skin appearance, mental/mood changes, severe pain or redness in the leg, hiccups, cough, skeletal muscle twitching, seizures, low blood pressure, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat. Tell your doctor immediately if you have any of these highly unlikely but very serious side effects: unusual weakness, dark urine, yellowing eyes, change in amount of urine. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other side effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies especially to barbiturates (e.g. phenobarbital), blood problems (e.g., porphyria, anemia), asthma or other lung conditions (e.g., COPD), circulation or heart problems (e.g., congestive heart failure), kidney or liver problems, thyroid conditions (e.g., hypothyroidism), alcohol use, low or high blood pressure, seizures, neuromuscular disease (e.g., myasthenia gravis). After surgery, you should not drive or perform tasks requiring alertness for 8 to 12 hours. Avoid alcohol intake for 24 hours after this medication is used. It may intensify drug side effects (e.g., dizziness, drowsiness). Elderly persons may be more sensitive to the effects of this medication. Use cautiously. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. This drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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