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Methohexital

Synonym(s): Methohexitone, methohexital sodium

Contributor(s): Kyle Braund

Introduction

Name

  • Methohexital.

Class of drug

  • Barbiturate anesthetic.
  • Controlled drug (Schedule IV)

Uses

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Indications

  • An ultra-short acting barbiturate anesthetic.
  • It is approximately twice as potent as thiopental, and relatively non-cumulative after repeated injection.
  • In 'sight hounds' it causes shorter recoveries compared with thiopental.

Administration

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Precautions

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Interactions

with other drugs

  • Incompatible with atropine sulfate.

Adverse Reactions

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

  • Dyson DH, Maxie MG & Schnurr D (1998)Morbidity and mortality associated with anesthetic management in small animal veterinary practice in Ontario.  J Am Anim Hosp Assoc.34(4), 325-335.
  • Pascoe PJ (1992)The case for maintenance of general anesthesia with an injectable agent.Vet Clin North Am Small Anim Pract.22(2), 275-7.

Other sources of information

  • Based onSmall Animal Formulary.Tennant, Bryn (1999) 3rd edn. Cheltenham: BSAVA.

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