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PENTOBARBITAL: (NEMBUTAL)



Insomnia, anxiety, convulsions, induced coma following severe head injuries; 
Peds: Sedative: 6mg/kg/dose PO or PR; 
Hypnotic: 2-6 mg/kg/dose IM or PO; 
Cerebral Edema: Load: 3-5 mg/kg IV x 1, then maintenance 2-3.5 mg/kg/dose q1hr prn to keep level between 25-40 ug/ml; 
Can be habit forming; can cause respiratory depression; may produce profound hypotension when used aggressively IV for cerebral edema; fairly short acting agent of barbituate class