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|Brand Name:||Seconal Sodium|
|This drug was approved by the FDA in one form or another on:|
|This drug is made in one form or another by the following companies:|
Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals Inc.
|This drug is available in the following forms:|
|View the actual FDA approved label for this drug at the following links:|
About Seconal Sodium
Seconal is used for:
Treating sleep disorders. It may also be used as a sedative prior to anesthesia for surgery.
Seconal is a barbiturate. It works by depressing the central nervous system, causing mild sedation or sleep, depending on the dose.
Side Effects of Seconal Sodium
Seconal Sodium (secobarbital) side effectsSecobarbital may cause a severe allergic reaction. Stop taking secobarbital and get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
- restless muscle movements in your eyes, tongue, jaw, or neck;
- slow heartbeat, shallow breathing;
- feeling light-headed, fainting;
- a fever or a sore throat;
- sores in your mouth;
- easy bruising or bleeding; or
- broken blood vessels under your skin.
Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as:
- drowsiness or dizziness;
- problems with memory or concentration;
- excitement, irritability, aggression, or confusion (especially in children or older adults);
- loss of balance or coordination;
- nausea, constipation;
- nightmares, nervousness, or anxiety;
- headache; or
- "hangover" effect (drowsiness the day after a dose).
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.
Who Should Not Take Seconal Sodium
Do NOT use Seconal if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Seconal
- you have the blood disease porphyria or moderate to severe liver or lung problems
- you are taking sodium oxybate (GHB)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Interactions with Seconal Sodium
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Seconal . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors (eg, phenelzine) or sodium oxybate (GHB) because side effects may be increased
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin), beta-blockers (eg, atenolol), clozapine, corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), doxycycline, estrogens (eg, micronized estradiol), griseofulvin, metronidazole, oral contraceptives (birth control pills), phenytoin, quinidine, stiripentol, theophylline, or valproic acid because their effectiveness may be reduced by Seconal
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