Sodium pentobarbital

What is Sodium pentobarbital?

Pentobarbital (US English) or pentobarbitone (UK English) is a short-acting barbiturate. Pentobarbital can occur as both a free acid and as salts of elements such as sodium and calcium. The free acid is only slightly soluble in water and ethanol.

One brand name for this drug is Nembutal, coined by John S. Lundy, who started using it in 1930, from the structural formula of the sodium salt—Na (sodium) + '''e'''thyl + '''m'''ethyl + '''but'''yl + al (common suffix for barbiturates). Nembutal is trademarked and manufactured by the Danish pharmaceutical company Lundbeck, and is the only injectable form of pentobarbital approved for sale in the United States.

In high doses, pentobarbital causes death by respiratory arrest. In the United States, the drug has been used for executions of convicted criminals. Lundbeck (one of many manufacturers) does not permit its sale to prisons or corrections departments to carry out the death penalty.

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WHAT IS THE FATALITY RATE FROM OVERDOSING ON (> 10 GRAMS OF) SODIUM PENTOBARBITAL?

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Pentobarbital is in a group of drugs called barbiturates. Pentobarbital slows the activity of your brain and nervous system....

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