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List Of Barbiturates Drugs
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
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
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
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 more
Do barbiturates (I know they're rarely used) but when they are, do they cause amnesia at certain doses like benzos or other gaba drugs?
Depends: The easy answer: yes, more so than benzodiazepines. However, effects are dose related, and some tolerance can develop with ongoing use. ...Read more
Do barbiturates (I know they're rarely used) cause amnesia in higher doses like for sedation or status epilepticus, like benzos or other gaba drugs?
Depends on dose:
Barbiturates can be used to sedate someone mildly but they can also be used to produce a very deep anesthetic where the person will not only be amnestic but will be very deeply unconscious as well. It is all a question of the dose administered.
To be more direct - yes, barbiturates can be used to produce amnesia. ...Read more
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
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
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
Not uncommon: False positives for barbiturates are caused sometimes by totally unrelated drugs and even herbals. It would be important to know which meds you take, and herbals/teas, if any. Common NSAID s like Ibuprofen or Naproxen sometimes can be the reason. Ask your dr if some meds you take can cause it. Best wishes. ...Read more
Barbituric acid: Was discovered in the late 19th century and came into use in the early 20th century for the same uses as it is now - as a sedative. Various congeners were made that were used for anesthesia (thiopental), sleeping pills (nembutal, amytal), as anticonvulsant (phenobarbital). These drugs can be highly toxic and result in overdose frequently, and also cause a terrible physical dependency/addiction. ...Read more
Barbiturate: I agree with dr. Woods. On your own, neither possible nor advised. ...Read more
Neither: Gabapentin is used to treat partial seizures, pain related to post herpetic neuralgia as well as neuropathic pain. While it does modulate the activity of the major inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain, gaba, it's mechanism of action is significantly different from that of a benzodiazepine or barbiturate. As a result does not result in physiologic dependence. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Many Uses: Barbiturates, popular during the 1950's & 60's, are used in a number of different ways. Originally used to treat anxiety and insomnia, benzodiazepines are now used. Still barbiturates are used in anesthesia, epilepsy, assisted suicide, and death by lethal injection. Due to problems with dependence and lethality in overdose, this family of medications is less popular than in the past. ...Read more
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