Nembutal Sodium is a barbiturate (bar-BIT-chur-ate). This medicine slows the activity of your brain and nervous system. Nembutal Sodium is used short-term as a sedative to treat insomnia, or to cause you to fall asleep for surgery. This medicine is also used as an emergency treatment for seizures. Nembutal Sodium may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Using Nembutal Sodium during pregnancy could harm the unborn baby. If you use this medicine while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause life-threatening withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Babies born dependent on habit-forming medicine may need medical treatment for several weeks. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.