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Learn about Barbiturates

Barbiturates are sedatives or sleep-inducing drugs that are made up of barbituric acid. Barbiturates are central nervous system depressants that are normally used to control seizures in people with epilepsy or to relieve anxiety and tension before medical procedures such as surgery. They used to be prescribed to help with anxiety during the day or insomnia at night, but have been mostly replaced with safer medications.

The following prescription drugs are common barbiturates prescribed in the US and Canada:

  • Butisol Sodium
  • Mebaral
  • Mysoline
  • Seconal
  • Nova Rectal




What do Barbiturates look like and how are they taken?

Barbiturates mainly come in a variety of colored pills and tablets. They can however, be sold in capsule, tablet, and liquid forms, and they can be taken orally, as a suppository, or they can be injected.


Are Barbiturates Illegal or Legal?

Barbiturates are legal only when prescribed by a doctor.


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Why are Barbiturates taken?

Barbiturates provide feelings of relaxation, well-being and mild euphoria. After continual use the desired feelings are felt less and less. This can lead to abuse of the drug as people will take more to achieve the same initial feelings of relaxation. They can become addictive when taken in any other dosage than what is specifically prescribed for an individual by a doctor.

Street names for Barbiturates

Street names for barbiturates include: barbs, downers, sleepers, stumblers, yellow jackets, red dolls, tootsies, rainbows

Dangers and Side Effects of BarbituratesBarbiturates

Barbiturates are dangerous because of the risk of overdose which can lead to death. People who are addicted to them have the desire to take more and more to achieve the same effects of original use.  The combination of barbiturates and alcohol or other medications can also lead to unconsciousness and even death.

Side effects include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Dizziness

Anyone taking these drugs should not drive or operate machinery unless approved by a doctor.

Abuse of the drug has the following side effects:

  • Severe weakness
  • Confusion
  • Memory impairment
  • Slurred speech
  • Staggering
  • Problems breathing
  • A slow heart rate

If you notice any of these symptoms in a friend, colleague or family member, encourage them to take a drug test. If it is an emergency, dial 911.


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Drug Testing for Barbiturates

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This information is for educational purposes only. Consult with a physician for more information and specifics. If it is an emergency, dial 911 or call emergency services.

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