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What are the side effects of Brevital (methohexital)?

One side effect of Brevital (methohexital) includes sleepiness for up to 12 hours. (As a result, you should avoid driving or using any dangerous equipment for a minimum of 12 hours after surgery.)

Other common side effects include: anxiety; hiccups or coughing; nausea or vomiting; swelling of veins; drowsiness; restlessness; headaches; stomach pain; restlessness; flushing or itching; salivation; or muscle twitching. Tell you doctor if any of the above last or become uncomfortable.

Serious side effects include: allergic response (rash or hives, breathing problems, facial or mouth swelling or chest tightness); swelling, burning or discoloration at the injection area; fast heart rate; numbness or tingling; breathing interruption or throat spasms; becoming delirious or confused; and seizures (most common in individuals with a history of them, particularly partial seizure disorders). Report any of these to your doctor.

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