Pentothal (Thiopental) Addiction and Abuse
Barbiturates, such as Pentothal, directly affect brain neurotransmitters and can lead to significant side effects such as extreme drowsiness, slowed breathing, slowed heartbeat and even sedation. Barbiturates are known to be highly addictive and, as a result, it is imperative that patients only use Pentothal under the care of a physician.
Pentothal is powerful enough to put patients sleep within a matter of moments. Medical staff constantly check the patient’s vitals after they receive Pentothal, in order to ensure that blood pressure, oxygen levels, and respiratory rate are within a normal range during surgery.
Always inform your doctor of any other prescriptions you are currently taking before being injected with Pentothal. Taking Pentothal in combination with other medications, especially other central nervous system depressants, can lead to serious side effects, allergic reaction or even overdose.
Severe side effects, such as difficulty breathing, hives or facial swelling, may indicate an allergic reaction to the medication. Since Pentothal is dispensed within a medical setting, the risk of overdose is low. This medication should always be administered by a medical professional —and you should never use Pentothal without a doctor’s supervision. If you or someone you love is struggling with a substance use disorder, seek life-changing help today. Recovery can start with just a phone call.
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