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Is Phentermine A Barbiturate
Phentermine is been around for about 60 years. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant the bariatrician in the winter of 2008. Has a article gives a great description of the medication phentermine. I have used Phentermine over the last nine years without any complications whatsoever. We only give a half of a 37.5 mg ...Read more
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.
Multiple uses: Barbituates have been used to treat seizures, anxiety, sleep disruptions, and as (combined) abortive treatment for migraine headaches (eg "fioricet"). Barbituates are controlled substances. They are potentially habit forming and extremely dangerous in overdose or in combination with other sedative hypnotic medications (eg benzodiazepines, etc) and/or alcohol. Consult your doctor for more info.See 1 more doctor answer
No & no: Usually there are minimal 2 no barbiturates used in anesthesia unless it's used early in the induction of anesthesia. They may cause some nausea but the anesthetic agents used 2 keep u asleep & opiates so u don't feel & react to pain during the procedure & paralytic agents r used 2 keep u from moving during the procedure. They r reversed as u awake. Hard 2 incriminate 1 single drug subsets in n/v?See 1 more doctor answer
It doesn't matter: There is no reason a drug in the barbiturate class can't be taken on an empty stomach.
Probably not. ..: As overdoses with barbituates, sedatives, or benzodiazepines generally cause profound respiratory depression.
How frequently do you see bradycardia with barbiturate toxicity and how would you speed it up back to normal?
It is common: And there is no reason to "speed it up to normal" unless the blood pressure is very low. This is not something "you do at home." A barbiturate overdose requires being in an emergency care setting. Breathing can slow down to the point of low oxygen levels and ultimate cardiopulmonary arrest, as well as permanent brain damage. Ventillator support and use of cardiac/BP stimulants may be needed.
Can barbiturates be prescribed for reasons other than the criteria stated? Such as butalbarbital for catatonic schizophrenia
No: Barbiturates are not the treatment of choice for schizophrenia. I have sometimes used low dose Ativan (lorazepam) to help severely catatonic people eat, though. With this, they would have just enough movement to be able to take in a meal. Still, this is not the overarching main treatment for their illness either -- it's symptomatic palliation only.
What would be harmful side effects that a teen could get from taking barbiturates for sleep. Could the effects be mistaken for seizures when waking?
Just out of interest & in your personal opinion, which benzodiazepine or barbiturate has the strongest anxiolytic effect compared to others mg per mg?
Benzodiazepines: Benzodiazepines have virtually replaced barbiturates for the treatment of anxiety
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.
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.
Depressants: Barbiturates are central nervous system suppressants like alcohol. The major difference is that they do not have many of the other systemic effects of alcohol on other parts of the body. Adding barbiturates to alcohol may produce a lethal suppression of respiration.See 1 more doctor answer