This section is from the "A Handbook of Useful Drugs" book, by State Medical Examining and Licensing Boards.
Also known as medinal and veronal-sodium, is the mono-sodium salt of diethyl-barbituric acid.
Properties : Sodium diethyl-barbiturate occurs as a white, crystalline powder, odorless, and having an objectionably bitter alkaline taste. It is freely soluble in water (1:5).
Action and Uses: Sodium diethyl-barbiturate, veronal-sodium or medinal has the same properties as veronal, but acts more rapidly on account of its greater solubility.
Dosage: 0.3 to 0.6 gm. or 5 to 10 grains.