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Dr. Maritza Baez Dr. Baez
Family Medicine
13 years in practice
University at Buffalo, The State University of New York School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
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Is phentermine a kind of barbiturate?

No: No. It's a sympathomimetic, but the exact mechanism of action is unknown.

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Dr. Paul Pyles Dr. Pyles
Addiction Medicine
29 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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Why drug addicts used barbiturates?

Why drug addicts used 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.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What kind of drugs are barbiturates?

What kind of drugs are barbiturates?

Barbiturates: Are sedative-hypnotic drugs derived from Barbituric acid.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What are the different types of barbiturates?

What are the different types of barbiturates?

Barbiturates: 1.Short acting, such as Pentobarbital & Secobarbital. 2.Intermediate acting, such as Amobarbital & Butabarbital. 3.Long acting, such as Mephobarbital & Phenobarbital.

Dr. Brian Writer Dr. Writer
Psychiatry
12 years in practice
University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine
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What are barbiturates effective for?

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.

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Dr. Mary Efremov Dr. Efremov
Internal Medicine
39 years in practice
Free University of Berlin Faculty of Medicine
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Is acetazolamide barbiturate?

Is acetazolamide barbiturate?

No: This is used for glaucoma and altitude sicknes, actually carbonic anhydrase inhibitor.....Not a barbiturate.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Dr. Peter Ihle Dr. Ihle
Orthopedic Surgery
50 years in practice
University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Is vomiting frequent or common from barbiturate anesthetics or no?

Is vomiting frequent or common from barbiturate anesthetics or no?

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?

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Dr. Richard Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal
Pain Management
32 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Do barbiturates need to be taken on an empty stomach, or it doesn't matter?

Do barbiturates need to be taken on an empty stomach, or it doesn't matter?

It doesn't matter: There is no reason a drug in the barbiturate class can't be taken on an empty stomach.

Dr. Philip Gilly Dr. Gilly
Addiction Medicine
35 years in practice
New York University School of Medicine
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After barbiturate overdose, is it possible to be revived with a defibrillator?

After barbiturate overdose, is it possible to be revived with a defibrillator?

Probably not. ..: As overdoses with barbituates, sedatives, or benzodiazepines generally cause profound respiratory depression.

Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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How frequently do you see bradycardia with barbiturate toxicity and how would you speed it up back to normal?

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.

Dr. Pamela Pappas Dr. Pappas
Psychiatry
38 years in practice
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
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Can barbiturates be prescribed for reasons other than the criteria stated? Such as butalbarbital for catatonic schizophrenia

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.

Dr. Christopher Wilson Dr. Wilson
Internal Medicine - Sleep Medicine
17 years in practice
Indiana University School of Medicine
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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?

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?

Not a good idea: This is a bad idea. They can be habit forming and cause addiction as well as rebound insomnia and morning sedation, car accidents, etc.

Dr. Djamchid Lotfi Dr. Lotfi
Neurology
54 years in practice
University of London, St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical College
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Dr. Alan Wartenberg Dr. Wartenberg
Addiction Medicine
45 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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How can I get barbiturates prescribed?

How can I get barbiturates prescribed?

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.

Dr. Heidi Fowler Dr. Fowler
Psychiatry
21 years in practice
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine
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No, I've been positive only for barbiturates?

Don't know if you: Are referring to a previous question that you submitted. Questions are not linked on Healthtap.

Dr. Alan Ali Dr. Ali
Psychiatry
28 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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Why are barbiturates dangerous to your health?

Why are barbiturates dangerous to your health?

Barbiturates: Are sedative-hypnotic drugs derived from Barbituric acid. Risks from sudden discontinuation, leading to seizures, and also potential for abuse.

Dr. Richard Williams Dr. Williams
Pharmacy
14 years in practice
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences/UAMS College of Medicine
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What are barbiturates, and what medications contain it?

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.

Dr. Jeffrey Roth Dr. Roth
Addiction Medicine
39 years in practice
Yale University School of Medicine
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What happens if you mix barbiturate with strongdrinks?

What happens if you mix barbiturate with strongdrinks?

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.

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