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Thiopental (By injection)

Thiopental (thye-oh-PEN-tal)

Used either by itself or with another medicine to make you unconscious (fall asleep) before surgery or other medical procedures. Also used to control seizures brought on by anesthesia or other causes. May also be used to help a person relax during analysis for mental disorders. This medicine is a type of anesthetic.

Brand Name(s):


There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not receive this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to thiopental or other barbiturates, or if you have certain types of porphyria. You might not be able to use this medicine if you have anemia, asthma, heart disease, low blood pressure, or an underactive thyroid. You might not be able to use this medicine if you have liver or kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, Addison's disease, or high levels of urea in your blood.

How to Use This Medicine:


Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Last Updated: 12/12/2016

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