What is Pentobarbital

PENTOBARBITAL (pen toe BAR bi tal) is a short-acting barbiturate with anticonvulsant and sedative-hypnotic properties. It is used before surgery to induce sleep and to treat seizures in an emergency. It’s uses also include sedation induction; relief of preoperative anxiety; control of status epilepticus or seizures resulting from meningitis, tetanus, alcohol withdrawal, poisons, chorea, or eclampsia; and induction of coma in the management of cerebral ischemia and increased intracranial pressure that may follow stroke or head trauma. Authorized medical practitioners can also use the drug for voluntary euthanasia.