pentobarbital-rectal suppository, Nembutal (cont.)

SIDE EFFECTS: This medication causes drowsiness or dizziness. Avoid tasks requiring alertness. Other side effects may include headache, weakness, grogginess, or dreaming. These effects should disappear as your body adjusts to the medication. If they persist or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: chest pain, rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, nosebleeds, confusion, hallucinations. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially: liver problems, blood disorders (porphyria), asthma, any allergies. Avoid alcohol while using this as it can lead to extreme drowsiness. Use caution performing tasks requiring alertness such as driving or using machinery. Elderly persons are usually more sensitive to the effects of this medication. Use cautiously. This drug is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this drug. This drug is excreted into breast milk, though its effects on the nursing infant are unknown. Consult your doctor before you breast-feed.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially: "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), medications for epilepsy, medications for depression, cyclosporine. Tell your doctor if you take drugs that cause drowsiness such as: narcotic pain medicines (e.g., codeine), muscle relaxants, alcoholic beverages, sedatives, tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), antihistamines that cause drowsiness (e.g., diphenhydramine). Check the labels on all your medicines (e.g., cough-and-cold products) because they may contain drowsiness-causing ingredients. Ask your pharmacist about the safe use of these products. This drug may interfere with the effectiveness of birth control pills. Discuss using other methods of birth control with your doctor. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

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