NEMBUTAL PENTOBARBITAL SODIUM is a barbiturate (bar-BIT-chur-ate). This medicine slows the activity of your brain and nervous system.
Nembutal Sodium is used short-term as a sedative to treat insomnia, or to cause you to fall asleep for surgery. This medicine is also used as an emergency treatment for seizures.
Nembutal Sodium may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use Nembutal Sodium if you have a history of porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to Nembutal Sodium or other barbiturates (butabarbital, phenobarbital, Luminal, Seconal, and others), or if you have:
- a history of porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
To make sure Nembutal Sodium is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- temporary or chronic pain;
- a history of addiction to phenobarbital or similar medicines (Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and others).