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Barbiturate Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Barbiturates, which are prescription medications used for seizures and pain management, are potentially habit forming. People who take them for prolonged periods or use higher doses than prescribed may experience barbiturate withdrawal symptoms when they stop taking the medication. Many rehabilitation facilities provide treatment for barbiturate withdrawal and dependency. If you are interested in exploring treatment options for yourself or a loved one, please complete the short form or call 1-888-658-5242 for confidential support and assistance.

Withdrawing from Barbiturates: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Consistent use of barbiturates can cause the brain and neurotransmitters to become accustomed to the drug. When the substance is no longer used, a person may experience neurological and psychological symptoms. Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms after prolonged use may include seizures, delirium and hallucinations.

Medical assistance is often recommended for barbiturate withdrawal to ensure safety in the event of physical or psychological symptoms. Medical care for barbiturate detox can reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms as well. The physician may administer a low dose of the drug to reduce or prevent some of the symptoms. Typically, the dose would be low enough that the person would not get high from it or feel the effects he seeks when using.

When a person enters treatment prior to withdrawing from barbiturates, a physician can taper the dosage down from what the person regularly takes. This reduces the chance of symptoms developing. Barbiturate withdrawal treatment usually includes more than detox, however. Counseling and addictions treatment can help the person maintain sobriety over the long term.

The detox process can be completed in a hospital or inpatient rehab facility. Following detox, addictions treatment can be provided on an inpatient or outpatient basis. The physicians who assisted with detox can provide referrals to other treatment professionals if the person plans to leave the facility.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab and Recovery

Although a patient is technically clean after detox, he should consider continuing with treatment after the initial withdrawal phase. This can help him cope with any cravings or urges to use.

A treatment coordinator can help the person choose between inpatient and outpatient rehab. Inpatient care may be a more suitable option for those with coexisting mental health conditions or unhealthy living situations. For example, if the patient shares an apartment with other drug users, he may benefit from a temporary stay in a drug-free facility. The treatment coordinator could also help the person secure new housing for when he is discharged.

In both inpatient and outpatient treatment for barbiturate addiction, rehab usually includes cognitive behavioral therapy. This type of therapy helps people examine maladaptive thought patterns, learn new methods of coping with stress and adjust the ways they cope with different scenarios. In some cases, rehab also includes family therapy. This addresses unhealthy dynamics in the person's closest relationships and can prepare the family to offer the type of support needed by the patient. Therapy can also help the person manage any mental health conditions he has in addition to the dependency.

Community-based support groups are another commonly used treatment strategy. Groups such as Narcotics Anonymous are run by people who are in recovery. The groups offer weekly meetings, which include discussions on coping with urges to use. A group can also provide the person with a sponsor, who offers one-on-one support and advice as needed. Support groups are often used in conjunction with professional counseling.

People who are interested in seeking help for barbiturate withdrawal and dependency treatment can complete the short form or call 1-888-658-5242 for private support and assistance.

Barbiturate Information at a Glance
Medication Name, CostsClass of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Barbiturate
  • Generic Name Variations: N/A
  • Chemical Name: N/A
  • Brand Name: Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: Between $100 and $200
  • Used to Treat Addiction? N/A
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Sedative or anticonvulsive
  • Function or Use at High Dose: N/A
  • Chemical Makeup: C11H18N2O3
  • System: Sedative
  • Duration of Action: Up to 8 hours
Form, Intake and DosageInteractions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Tablet, IV suspensions and solutions
  • Administration Routes: Ingested/Swallowed, Injected
  • Dosage: N/A
  • Overdose: N/A
  • Alcohol Interaction: Any interaction with alcohol can cause death
  • Illicit Drugs: It is not recommended to be used with any illicit drugs.
  • Prescription Medications: N/A
  • Contraindications: N/A
Effects and Adverse ReactionsSubstance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Drowsiness, slurred speech, poor concentration, little or no anxiety, memory lapses, impaired coordination, dizziness, confusion, and feelings of well-being.
  • Long-Term: Lowered blood pressure, slowed breathing, tolerance, and addiction.
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: It can become very addictive. Your brain gets used to having the substance in your body, so it gets hard to keep it out of your body
  • Signs of Abuse: Anxiety of doing without, neglect of daily activities
Physiological Problem Signs and SymptomsDependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: N/A
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Anxiety, hallucinations, fever, severe depression, blackouts, convulsions, tremors, extreme changes in emotion, seizures
  • Tolerance: Your body will build up tolerance as time passes and you take it more often
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: Your body doesn’t typically need it
  • Psychological Dependence: Your body doesn’t typically need it; your brain tells your body it needs it because your brain thinks it needs it.
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: I, II, III, IV



Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Barbiturate Withdrawals Last?

The timeline for barbiturate withdrawals is different for each person. The duration of a barbiturate withdrawal, however, is typically about the length of 7 days.

Do You Have a List of Popular Slang or Street Names for barbiturate?

Barbs, reds, red birds, yellows, yellow jackets, tooies, phennies

What are Common Misspellings?

Barbyturate withdrawl, barbitturate withdrawls, barbyturet withdrawel, barbituret withdrawels

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

If you’re seeking a home remedy to help as a natural alternative to getting professional help, there really are no magical solutions to relieve the stress of withdrawal. Drug rehab programs have been proven to ease your pain, and they can help you or your loved one get through withdrawal. You can find help now by using our online resources or by calling 1-888-658-5242.

How Long Does it Take to Detox From Barbiturates?

It typically takes seven days to detox from barbiturates. These seven days may seem short, but you’ll want to consider different options and programs that can help you detox your body. You can use our online system or call 1-888-658-5242.

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