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Pentothal is a barbiturate drug used by medical providers to illicit a state of hypnosis and anesthesia for patients undergoing short duration procedures such as an endoscopy, colonoscopy, or dental procedure where there is a need for the person to remain still. Administered via injection, Pentothal (also called thiopental) works on the patient by slowing their brain and nervous system to the point of total relaxation. Recovery from use of this drug is relatively rapid but side effects post-recovery from Pentothal usually linger for several hours and typically include short-term amnesia and excessive sleepiness. Because this drug is used in a medical facility, there is little chance of it being used recreationally and therefore it is uncommon to see it abused.

Though controlled in a medical environment, use of Pentothal is not without risk. Adverse reactions can include prolonged drowsiness; bronchospasm, laryngospasm, sneezing, coughing (conditions affecting the respiratory system); cardiac arrhythmia, myocardial depression (conditions affecting the heart); and anaphylaxis (allergic reaction at a potentially life-threatening level).

In addition to several vitamins, herbal supplements, and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs that are known to have interactions with Pentothal, there are several prescription drugs that do as well. These are probenecid, diazoxide, midazolam, opioid analgesics, zimelidine, and aminophylline.

Adverse reactions and even overdose related to Pentothal use is uncommon but can occur, however this risk is low because the drug is rarely used recreationally. If an overdose does happen during a procedure, it usually occurs if the injection of Pentothal was done too quickly or too many times. The effect is a sudden decrease in the patient’s blood pressure – down to an alarming level, like that found when a person’s body goes into a state of shock. Aside from the injection pace, overdose or adverse reactions can be encountered if the patient had been using any of the drugs or OTC products prior to the procedure and had failed to provide the medical team with that information. Regardless, the medical providers can usually administer other drugs that will help to stop the reactions but patients are advised to notify their doctor prior to their procedure if they are on any of these.

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Mixing Pentothal with AlcoholMixing alcohol with Pentothal can lead to extreme dizziness and ongoing drowsiness. Avoid alcohol before, during and after a dosage of Pentothal.