Barbiturate Abuse


What is barbiturate abuse? Barbiturate abuse means you take too much of this medicine, or take it even though you are not supposed to. Barbiturates are medicines used to treat insomnia, anxiety, and seizures. Barbiturates are most often taken as a pill, but may also be injected. They are called downers or may be described by the color of the pill.

What are the signs and symptoms of barbiturate abuse?

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How is barbiturate abuse treated?

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What are the risks of barbiturate abuse? Barbiturate abuse may cause frequent and serious impairment or distress. If you abuse barbiturates during pregnancy, your baby may be dependent on the medicine when he is born and have withdrawal symptoms.

How can I cope with barbiturate abuse?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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