Pentothal Side Effects
Generic Name: thiopental
Note: This document contains side effect information about thiopental. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Pentothal.
For the Consumer
Applies to thiopental: intravenous powder for injection
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking thiopental (the active ingredient contained in Pentothal) hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
You will remain under constant supervision during treatment with thiopental. Your caregivers will watch for any serious side effects. Tell your caregivers at once if you have severe pain while receiving this medicine.
Common side effects may include:
weak or shallow breathing;
chills or shivering;
sneezing, coughing, tight feeling in your throat; or
bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to thiopental: intravenous powder for injection, rectal suspension
Cardiovascular side effects have included myocardial depression, cardiac arrhythmias, and a fall in blood pressure even to shock levels.[Ref]
Respiratory side effects have included respiratory depression, sneezing, coughing, bronchospasm, and laryngospasm.[Ref]
Nervous system side effects have included prolonged somnolence and recovery. Radial nerve palsy has been reported rarely.[Ref]
Hypersensitivity side effects have included anaphylactic and anaphylactoid reactions, e.g., urticaria, bronchospasm, vasodilation and edema.[Ref]
General side effects have included shivering.[Ref]
Hematologic side effects have included rare reports of immune hemolytic anemia with renal failure.[Ref]
1. "Product Information. Pentothal (thiopental)." Abbott Pharmaceutical, Abbott Park, IL.
Some side effects of Pentothal may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.
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