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Barbiturates Addiction Explained

Barbiturates or commonly known as “downers” which are sedative-hypnotic drug that are sleep-inducing and anxiety-decreasing treating insomnia and seizure disorders. Depending on the type of barbiturate, its effects last from a few minutes up to 2 days. Barbiturates can be in forms of multicolored capsules or liquid form to be injected intravenously for faster effects.


addictedBarbiturates are considered to be extremely dangerous because to achieve the sedative effect would equate to the dose tantamount to what could cause coma. Even the correct dose is said to be difficult to predict since a slight overdose would lead to death.


Barbiturates abuse can cause these symptoms:


  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Inability to think clearly
  • Mood swings
  • Poor concentration
  • Loss of normal inhibitions
  • Speaking very slowly
  • Violent and bold manners
  • Intense drowsiness
  • Inability to stay awake
  • Dizziness
  • Delirium
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Paranoia
  • Combativeness


With the following long-term effects:


  • Drowsiness
  • Disinhibited
  • Memory loss
  • Respiratory depression
  • Kidney dysfunction
  • Seizures
  • Intoxicated
  • Slurred speech
  • Confusion
  • Coma
  • Death


Sometimes, talking about the addiction helps. If a sit-down meeting could help someone you know, ask for help at TruVida Recovery – Orange County. Our counselors are available at 949-388-3866.