Methohexital is a barbiturate (bar-BIT-chur-ate). Methohexital slows the activity of your brain and nervous system.

Methohexital is used to make you fall asleep before a surgery or other medical procedure. It is usually given in combination with other types of anesthesia.

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  • severe burning or swelling where the medicine was injected;
    seizure (convulsions);
    numbness or tingly feeling;
    feeling like you might pass out;
    fast heart rate;
    weak or shallow breathing; or
    confusion, anxiety, or restless feeling when coming out of anesthesia.
    Less serious side effects of methohexital may include:

    drowsiness;
    nausea, vomiting, stomach pain;
    chills or shivering;
    coughing, hiccups;
    muscle twitching; or
    mild skin rash or itching.
  • (methohexital sodium) injection, powder, lyophilized, for solution