Inducing anesthesia (lack of sensation or feeling) prior to surgical procedures in adults and children older than 1 month of age. It may also be used to induce sleep. Brevital Sodium may be used alone or in combination with other medicines.
Brevital Sodium is a barbiturate anesthetic. It works by depressing the activity of the brain to inhibit painful sensations and inducing sleep.
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Anxiety; coughing; drowsiness; flushing; headache; hiccups; itching; muscle twitching; nausea; pain at the injection site; restlessness; salivation; stomach pain; swelling of the veins; vomiting.
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); burning or swelling at the injection site; delirium; fast heartbeat; interrupted breathing; seizures; throat spasms.
Maintenance of anesthesia may be accomplished by intermittent injections of the 1% solution or, more easily, by continuous intravenous drip of a 0.2% solution. Intermittent injections of about 20 to 40 mg (2 to 4 mL of a 1% solution) may be given as required, usually every 4 to 7 minutes. For continuous drip, the average rate of administration is about 3 mL of a 0.2% solution/minute (1 drop/second).