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Pentothal Anesthetic Sedative
A sedative is a medication that induces calm, relaxation, and usually, decreases anxiety. Sedatives - especially at higher doses - can induce sleep. The sleep-inducing attribute is more correctly called "hypnotic". Not surprisingly, most medications produce more than one specific effect. Therefore, one sedative may dominate in the reduction of anxiety and ...Read more
To take the pain away of the shot for an ingrown toenail is it better to ask for an oral sedative or a topical anesthetic?
Topical can help: Using a topical anesthetic cream such as Emla (lidocaine and prilocaine) can help make the procedure more comfortable. One can put the cream on at home, about an hour before the procedure. Somebody else can do the driving to and from the doctor's office. Discuss such options with the doctor ahead of time. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
No: Sodium Pentothal is a barbiturate used to induce general anesthesia. It can only be given intravenously (into a vein). It must only be used by trained anesthesia personnel who can support breathing and blood pressure. This medication is a controlled substance, only approved for use in the hospital or operating room setting. ...Read more