Generic Name: Amobarbital (am oh BAR bi tal)
Brand Name: Amytal Sodium
Medically reviewed on May 2, 2018
Uses of Amytal Sodium:
- It is used to treat sleep problems.
- It is used to calm you before care.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Amytal Sodium?
- If you have an allergy to amobarbital or any other part of Amytal Sodium (amobarbital).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: A block in the airway, liver disease, or shortness of breath.
- If you have ever had porphyria.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Amytal Sodium (amobarbital).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Amytal Sodium?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Amytal Sodium (amobarbital). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until the effects of Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) wear off and you feel fully awake.
- Have your blood work checked if you are on Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
- This medicine may be habit-forming with long-term use.
- Follow how to take Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- Use Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) for short periods of time. If signs show up again, talk with the doctor.
- If you have been taking Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) on a regular basis and you stop it all of a sudden, you may have signs of withdrawal. Do not stop taking Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) all of a sudden without calling your doctor. Tell your doctor if you have any bad effects.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Amytal Sodium (amobarbital).
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- This medicine may affect how much of some other drugs are in your body. If you are taking other drugs, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while taking Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) with your other drugs.
- If you are 65 or older, use Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) with care. You could have more side effects.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Birth control pills and other hormone-based birth control may not work as well to prevent pregnancy. Use some other kind of birth control also like a condom when taking Amytal Sodium (amobarbital).
- This medicine may cause harm to the unborn baby if you take it while you are pregnant. If you are pregnant or you get pregnant while taking Amytal Sodium (amobarbital), call your doctor right away.
- Long-term use of Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) during pregnancy may cause dependence in the unborn baby or newborn. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Amytal Sodium) best taken?
Use Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
- Your doctor will give Amytal Sodium (amobarbital).
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- This medicine is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of low mood (depression), thoughts of killing yourself, nervousness, emotional ups and downs, thinking that is not normal, anxiety, or lack of interest in life.
- Trouble breathing, slow breathing, or shallow breathing.
- Very bad irritation where the shot was given.
- This medicine may cause tissue damage if the drug leaks from the vein. Tell your nurse if you have any redness, burning, pain, swelling, blisters, skin sores, or leaking of fluid where the drug is going into your body.
What are some other side effects of Amytal Sodium?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Amytal Sodium?
- If you need to store Amytal Sodium (amobarbital) at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Amytal Sodium (amobarbital), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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