Nembutal Side Effects
Generic name: pentobarbital
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 3, 2022.
Note: This document contains side effect information about pentobarbital. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Nembutal.
For the Consumer
Applies to pentobarbital: parenteral solution for injection
A standardized concentration for this drug has been established through Standardize 4 Safety (S4S), a national patient safety initiative to reduce medication errors, especially during transitions of care. The drug is included in a standard concentration list which may apply to an IV or oral compounded liquid formulation. For additional information, see the ASHP website [Web].
Side effects include:
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to pentobarbital: compounding powder, injectable solution, oral capsule, oral elixir, rectal suppository
Common (1% to 10%): Somnolence
Frequency not reported: Headache[Ref]
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Apnea, hypoventilation[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Exfoliative dermatitis, skin rashes[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Megaloblastic anemia[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Liver damage[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Fever[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Injection site reactions[Ref]
More about Nembutal (pentobarbital)
Related treatment guides
1. "Product Information. Pentobarbital (pentobarbital)." Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories (2001):
2. "Product Information. Nembutal Sodium (pentobarbital)." Abbott Pharmaceutical (2001):
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.