Barbiturates have been around since the early 1900’s but didn’t become widespread until the 1960’s and 1970’s. They were prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizure disorders and used as an anesthetic. As safer sedatives have been produced, barbiturate use has steadily declined, although they are still in use in many hospitals for general anesthesia. However, it can be highly addictive and can produce uncomfortable barbiturate withdrawal. As prescriptions for barbiturates rose, so did overdose and abuse. Barbiturates were often abused to fight anxiety, decrease inhibitions and treat unwanted effects of illicit drugs. Barbiturate abuse is very dangerous because the effects are difficult to accurately predict and even a small overdose can result in death or coma. Barbiturates are also highly addictive.
What are the effects of Barbiturate use and abuse?
The effects on users vary greatly depending on several factors including age, weight and level of dependence. The effects of barbiturates are similar to alcohol, sleeping pills and antihistamines.
- Small doses – In small doses, the user will experience reduced tension and loss of inhibitions as well as feelings of intoxication, drowsiness and calm.
- Higher doses – In higher doses the user often staggers, slurs their speech and becomes easily confused. Slowed breathing is also common.
- Even higher doses – Increased doses can cause the user to stop breathing and may result in coma or death.
One of the reasons barbiturates are so dangerous is that the difference between a dosage that reduces tension and a dosage resulting in death is very small.
What are the types of barbiturates?
Barbiturates are classified based on how long they take to act and how long they last. Some barbiturates take only moments to take effect while the effects of other barbiturates can last up to two days. The generic names of a few barbiturates:
What are the barbiturate withdrawal symptoms?
Stopping the use of barbiturates can be painful and dangerous, especially if your body has developed an addiction to the drug. For barbiturate abuse or overdose it is important that you seek medical help before quitting. A medical detox facility should be your first step. Quitting the use of barbiturates can result in harmful and painful barbiturate withdrawal including:
- Difficulty sleeping
Barbiturates are addictive and have life-threatening effects in even small dosages. The withdrawal symptoms are painful and dangerous. If you or a loved one is addicted to Barbiturates, Gallus Detox can help. Contact Gallus Detox or call 888-228-9114 today to begin your journey to recovery.