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Sodium Hexethal.svg
Clinical data
Synonyms Sodium 5-ethyl-5-hexylbarbiturate, Ortol, Hebaral
ATC code
  • none
Legal status
Legal status
CAS Number
  • 144-00-3 YesY
PubChem CID
  • 8941
  • 8597 YesY
Chemical and physical data
Formula C12H19N2NaO3
Molar mass 262.281 g/mol
3D model (JSmol)
  • Interactive image

Hexethal (Ortol) is a barbiturate derivative invented in the 1940s. It has sedative, anxiolytic, muscle relaxant, and anticonvulsant properties, and was used primarily as an anaesthetic in veterinary medicine. [1]

Hexethal is considered similar in effects to pentobarbital, with a very fast onset of action but short duration of effects.


  1. ^ Butler, T. C. (1950). "The rate of penetration of barbituric acid derivatives into the brain". The Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics. 100 (2): 219–226. PMID 14784958. 

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