secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)
Generic Name: secobarbital ( secobarbital seconal sodium )
secobarbital seconal sodium
- What is secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What are the possible side effects of secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What is the most important information I should know about secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- How should I take secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Seconal Sodium)?
- What happens if I overdose (Seconal Sodium)?
- What should I avoid while taking secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- What other drugs will affect secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
- Where can I get more information (Seconal Sodium)?
What is secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
Secobarbital is a barbiturate (bar-BIT-chur-ate) that slows the activity of your brain and nervous system.
Secobarbital is used short-term to treat insomnia, or as a sedative before surgery.
Secobarbital may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
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What are the possible side effects of secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity.If this happens to you, stop taking secobarbital and talk with your doctor about another treatment for your sleep disorder.
Stop using secobarbital and call your doctor at once if you have:
- unusual thoughts or behavior;
- new or worsening depression;
- confusion, hallucinations;
- anxiety, agitation; or
- thoughts of suicide or hurting yourself.
The sedative effects of secobarbital may be stronger in older adults.
Common side effects may include:
- drowsiness, feeling tired;
- “hangover” effect (drowsiness the day after a dose);
- headache, dizziness;
- memory problems;
- dry mouth;
- upset stomach; or
- feeling restless or excited (especially in children).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
You should not use secobarbital if you have severe liver disease, severe breathing problems, or porphyria.
Some people using this medicine have engaged in activity such as driving, eating, walking, making phone calls, or having sex and later having no memory of the activity.
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
You should not use secobarbital if you are allergic to it, or if you have:
- severe liver disease;
- severe breathing problems; or
- porphyria (a genetic enzyme disorder that causes symptoms affecting the skin or nervous system).
To make sure secobarbital is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
- asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD), or other breathing disorder;
- liver disease;
- kidney disease;
- a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts;
- a history of drug or alcohol addiction; or
- if you also use a narcotic (opioid) medication.
If you use secobarbital while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
Secobarbital can make birth control pills less effective. Ask your doctor about using a non-hormonal birth control (condom, diaphragm with spermicide) to prevent pregnancy.
Secobarbital can pass into breast milk and may cause side effects in the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
How should I take secobarbital (Seconal Sodium)?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Never take secobarbital in larger amounts, or for longer than prescribed.
Secobarbital may be habit-forming. Never share secobarbital with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.
If you take this medicine to treat insomnia: Take secobarbital only when you are getting ready for several hours of sleep. You may fall asleep very quickly after taking the medicine.
Take secobarbital on an empty stomach. Do not take the medicine right after eating a meal.
Secobarbital is for short-term use only.
Call your doctor if your insomnia symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse after using this medication for 7 to 10 nights in a row. Do not take secobarbital for longer than 2 weeks without your doctor’s advice.
Do not stop using secobarbital suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you stop using secobarbital.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Secobarbital is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.