Frequently Asked Questions About Barbiturates
What Are They?
Barbiturates are sedative-hypnotics, a type of central nervous system (CNS) depressant used to treat insomnia, seizures, and headaches. Barbiturates may also be used in a hospital setting for pre-operative sedation.
They have largely been replaced by benzodiazepines in routine medical practice, particularly in the treatment of anxiety and insomnia
Barbiturates are available under the following different brand names: amobarbital (Amytal), secobarbital (Seconal), butabarbital (Butisol), pentobarbital (Nembutal), belladonna and phenobarbital (Donnatal), butalbital/acetaminophen/caffeine (Esgic, Fioricet), and butalbital/aspirin/caffeine (Fiorinal Ascomp, Fortabs).
Common side effects of barbiturates include:
Low blood pressure (hypotension)
Serious side effects of barbiturates include:
Abnormally slow breathing
Temporary breathing cessation
Most addicts require rehabilitation, and in some cases aftercare when they finish rehab. Treatment can consist of going to a hospital or rehab center for therapy and other treatments while living at home and resuming normal daily activities. Outpatient treatment can help you readjust to daily life and support you in your life goals, including staying sober.
If you or someone you know may be experiencing addiction or dependency please contact a medical professional
All drugs including barbiturates will affect each person differently depending on the persons characteristics (such as physical size, gender, mood, diet, fitness, age, expectations and health), the drug itself (such as the amount used and its purity), and how it is taken and the environment a person is in when using the drug