Barbiturates are a class of drug called sedative-hypnotics that used to be frequently prescribed for anxiety, managing seizures, muscle cramps and insomnia. Safer and less addictive medications are more commonly prescribed today, though barbiturates are still available if other medications don’t work. Barbiturates are considered controlled substances, meaning they have medical use but high potential for misuse.
Taken in large doses and misused, barbiturates can produce a variety of symptoms that can be dangerous and can cause accidental overdose or death. Large doses can produce a euphoric high that can turn to heightened anxiety and restlessness when it dissipates. Tolerance to barbiturates can develop quickly, leading to more frequent consumption at higher quantities.
Symptoms of barbiturate abuse:
Dizziness and/or vertigo
Nausea and/or vomiting
Decreased body temperature
Sedation or drowsiness
Lack of coordination and frequent falls
Common types of barbiturates that are abused include:
When individuals develop a dependency on barbiturates, they slowly lose the ability to function socially and can put their relationships and employment at risk. Barbiturate misuse also affects physical and mental health.
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If someone is misusing barbiturates, suddenly stopping or dramatically decreasing the dosage can cause immediate health problems and possible death. Experiencing moderate to severe withdrawal symptoms when trying to reduce or end dependence may indicate that a medically-monitored detoxification program will be the most effective and safest way to stop barbiturate use.
Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms:
Increased body temperature
Tremors or shaking
Confusion or delirium
Difficulty sleeping and/or insomnia
Withdrawal symptoms from barbiturates will typically appear after 24 hours from the last dosing and become the most intense 72 hours after the last dosing.
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