Methohexital Sodium is used for :
Inducing anesthesia (lack of sensation or feeling) prior to surgical procedures in adults and children older than 1 month of age. It may also be used to induce sleep. Methohexital Sodium may be used alone or in combination with other medicines.
Methohexital is a barbiturate anesthetic. It works by depressing the activity of the brain to inhibit painful sensations and inducing sleep.
How to use methohexital:
Use methohexital as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Methohexital is usually administered as an injection at your doctor’s office, hospital, or clinic. If you are using methohexital at home, carefully follow the injection procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
- If methohexital contains particles or is discolored, or if the vial is cracked or damaged in any way, do not use it.
- It is best to use methohexital on an empty stomach.
- Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets. Do not reuse needles, syringes, or other materials. Dispose of properly after use. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain local regulations for proper disposal.
- If you miss a dose of methohexital, contact your doctor immediately.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use methohexital.
Do NOT use methohexital if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in methohexital
- you have the blood disease porphyria or are unable to receive anesthesia
- you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using methohexital:
Some medical conditions may interact with methohexital. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
- if you have depression, severe liver or heart problems, lung disease, blood circulation problems, breathing problems, asthma (especially severe asthma requiring hospitalization), high or low blood pressure, heart disease or failure, severe anemia, kidney problems, or an endocrine disorder
- if you have suicidal thoughts or behaviors, are in a weakened state or shock, or have a history of seizures
- if you abuse or are dependent on drugs
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with methohexital. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Amiodarone, droxidopa, ethanol, narcotic analgesics (eg, codeine), or sodium oxybate (GHB) because the risk of serious side effects may be increased
- Barbiturates or phenytoin because the effectiveness of methohexital may be decreased
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if methohexital may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.