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What should I know about Brevital (methohexital) as a patient?

Before receiving Brevital (methohexital), you should be aware that:

  • People with certain medical conditions, might require adjustments in dosage or need special tests.
  • Conditions that might impact use or dosing are: allergies (especially to Brevital or any barbiturates); depression; serious liver or heart problems; lung or heart disease; blood circulation or breathing problems; asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); serious anemia; low or high blood pressure; congestive heart failure; kidney problems; an endocrine disorder; suicidal thoughts or actions; or a history of seizures.
  • You should inform the doctor if you are pregnant; planning to become pregnant; nursing; abusive of or dependent on drugs; or taking any prescription, non-prescription, herbal or dietary products. (If you become pregnant or are nursing while using Brevital, discuss any risks to yourself and your child.)
  • You should not receive this anesthetic if you have the blood disease porphyria or have had any difficulties from general anesthesia.
  • Brevital should be used with caution in the elderly and in children younger than one month of age.

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