methohexital-injection, Brevital (cont.)

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially: other barbiturates, "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), other drugs for anesthesia (e.g., halothane), corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone). Tell your doctor if you use drugs causing drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines, anti-seizure drugs, muscle relaxants, certain antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include drowsiness, slowed breathing, lightheadedness, muscle twitching, and seizures.

NOTES: Laboratory and/or medical tests will be performed to monitor your progress.

MISSED DOSE: If the dose is interrupted, contact the doctor or pharmacist immediately to establish new dosing.

STORAGE: Store the vials at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. After the powder is mixed with sterile water for injection, it can be stored for 6 weeks at room temperature below 77 degrees F. If the powder is mixed with other correct IV liquids, it can be stored at room temperature and must be used within 24 hours. Consult your pharmacist for details.

Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005

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