Doctor insights on: Drugs that contain barbiturates
Course of addiction: Typically drug addicts use drugs because of the way it makes them feel. Drugs of abuse are fast acting, hit the reward center of the brain and are thus reinforcing. As tolerance for the drug's effects develop, people take more of the drug in hope of obtaining the same high feeling. Physical dependence occurs and the drug is taken no longer to get high but to try to feel normal & avoid withdrawal. ...Read more
Sedatives: Teh class of barbiturates are sedatives and not used as often today as in the past. Newer agents with fewer side effects and less abuse potential are now available. Most use in now limited to hospitals. ...Read more
NO BANNED CONTROLLED: Barbiturates can be found in anti seizure meds like Phenobarbital (not used as much now) and also in the headache meds fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) and fioricet. I am unaware of them being actually banned. Th ey are highly controlled due to addvtive/abuse potential. Not a popular in use as in the past for anxiety and sleep. Quualudes are banned but hat is another category. It is just that there are newer safer meds. ...Read more
None: Barbiturates for sleep were long gone by the 1990s, having been replaced decades earlier by much safer benzodiazepines ("benzos") and other prescription sleep aids. Barbiturates are still prescribed for certain types of seizure, for migraine headaches, occasionally to treat withdrawal from other drugs, and for other purposes. But not sleep. ...Read more
Can you please tell me why it'sdangerous to combine alcohol with barbiturate or with similar drugs?
Additive risks: Both alcohol and barbiturates are sedatives, and can cause drowsiness, dizziness, and incoordination and imbalance. Of course, any of the above can contribute to a significant injury. Another simple issue involves the risk of respiratory depression, with potential of death from sufficient amounts of these items. Would not combine these items at any time. ...Read more
Elavil (amitriptyline): Nope.Get a more detailed answer ›
The typical reason: Is that the urine metabolite was below the "cutoff" levels for the screening which would not then be subjected to confirmation. It is not that barbituates were not in the sample, but that they were below the "positive" quantitative level for confirmation. Barbiturates are not on federally mandated testing so the cutoff level is arbitrarily assigned. ...Read more
None: Nos such otc with barbiturates on it. ...Read more
Few possibilities: There are 3 possible explanations: clerical error (you got the wrong test results), false positive (something legit like Motrin fooled the test), and true positive (you really had barbiturates). Even if you don't use drugs recreationally, some commonly prescribed meds contain barbiturates, eg, migraine meds containing butalbital. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
If you receive a epidural during labor, will you test positive for barbiturates and benzodiazepines? Drug screen was taken after epidural was given! Tested positive for barbiturates & benzodiazepines. I do not take any kind of perscription drugs and wasn't
What sleeping pill prescription would contain barbiturates I was given it when I was young for sleep it was to strong and caused seizure?
Jeff24, U need help: I see that you posted many questions all related to your "seizure" which you may have had 14 yrs ago. Despite multiple answers from different docs, you are not satisfied and seem to obsess about this issue more and more. U have constant fear of this, which has not occured in 14 yrs, I think you need help--likely med and/or therapy to help you get over this fear/obsession. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prescribed for what?: There is really only one condition for which a barbiturate can be a drug-of-choice, and that is generalized seizures, for which either Phenobarbital or Primidone (which is metabolized into phenobarbital) can be a first line drug. Barbiturates are mostly complexed with tylenol (acetaminophen) and caffeine in migraine pills like Fioricet etc which I believe is an irrational and dangerous drug. Many better choices. ...Read more
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