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Secobarbital - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions

Written & Compiled by Anushta Chandrapalan, M.Sc  | Medically Reviewed by The Medindia Medical Review Team
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General Information on Secobarbital

Generic Name : Secobarbital
Pronunciation : see koe bar' bi tal
Latest prescription information about Secobarbital. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its storage instructions . Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y47.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Sedative-hypnotic Drugs
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Trade Names/Brand Names of Secobarbital

International- Seconal.
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Why is Secobarbital Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a barbiturate, prescribed for insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). It is also used to relieve anxiety before surgery.  It works by slowing activity in the brain.
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When should Secobarbital not be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with porphyria, liver impairment, respiratory and hypersensitivity.

What is the dosage of Secobarbital?

Adults - The recommended dose is:
As a hypnotic- 100 mg at bedtime.
Preoperatively- 200 to 300 mg 1 to 2 hours before surgery.
Pediatric Patients - Preoperatively- 2 to 6 mg/kg, with a maximum dosage of 100 mg.

How should Secobarbital be taken?

It comes as a capsule to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Secobarbital?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of alcohol abuse or dependence, depression, suicidal thoughts, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

It may cause drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

Avoid alcohol consumption.

What are the side effects of Secobarbital?

   Central Nervous System : Drowsiness, agitation, confusion, restlessness, incorodination, CNS depression, nightmares, nervousness, psychiatric disturbance, hallucinations, sleeplessness, anxiety, dizziness and abnormality in thinking.
   Respiratory : Difficulty in breathing.
   Heart : Slow heart rate, low blood pressure and fainting.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea, vomiting and constipation.
   Miscellaneous : Headache, injection site reactions, hypersensitivity reactions (shock, skin rashes, skin inflammation), fever and liver damage.

What are the other precautions for Secobarbital?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions for Secobarbital?

Store it at room temperature.

<>Schedule : XNarcotic and Psychotropic drugs which cannot be sold without the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.



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