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Secobarbital Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Mar 9, 2023.

Applies to secobarbital: injectable solution, oral capsule.

Warning

You should not use secobarbital if you have severe liver disease, severe breathing problems, or porphyria.

Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity.

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity. If this happens to you, stop taking secobarbital and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.

Stop using secobarbital and call your doctor at once if you have:

The sedative effects of secobarbital may be stronger in older adults.

Common side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to secobarbital: injectable solution, oral capsule.

Nervous system

Common (1% to 10%): Somnolence

Frequency not reported: Ataxia, central nervous system (CNS) depression, dizziness, headache, hyperkinesia, syncope[Ref]

Psychiatric

Frequency not reported: Abnormal thinking, agitation, anxiety, confusion, dependence, excitement, hallucinations, insomnia, nervousness, nightmares, other complex behaviors, psychiatric disturbance, sleep driving[Ref]

Other

Frequency not reported: Fever, tolerance, withdrawal symptoms[Ref]

Gastrointestinal

Frequency not reported: Constipation, nausea, vomiting[Ref]

Respiratory

Frequency not reported: Apnea, hypoventilation[Ref]

Hypersensitivity

Frequency not reported: Angioedema, hypersensitivity reactions[Ref]

Dermatologic

Frequency not reported: Exfoliative dermatitis, skin rashes[Ref]

Cardiovascular

Frequency not reported: Bradycardia, hypotension[Ref]

Hematologic

Frequency not reported: Megaloblastic anemia[Ref]

Hepatic

Frequency not reported: Liver damage[Ref]

Local

Frequency not reported: Injection site reactions[Ref]

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References

1. Product Information. Seconal Sodium (secobarbital). Lilly, Eli and Company. 2001.

2. Product Information. Seconal Sodium (secobarbital). Marathon Pharmaceuticals. 2010.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.