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Amytal Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification

Amytal is a prescription medication used primarily as a treatment for severe sleep disorders. Amytal is usually prescribed only to those already taking barbiturates because of its highly addictive nature. After taking Amytal for over a month, a sudden stoppage can lead to Amytal withdrawal and the symptoms related to the withdrawal process.

Amytal withdrawal symptoms can begin soon after taking the last dose, often within eight to 12 hours. These symptoms may include anxiety, muscle pain, hallucinations, an increase in the heart rate and respiration and seizures. Due to the seriousness of the withdrawal symptoms, patients undergoing withdrawal are recommended to do so under the supervision of a physician.

Withdrawing from Amytal: Treatment Methods and Options for Help

Amytal is intended for short-term use. Taking the medication over a lengthy period, for recreation to induce an intoxicated state or in combination with other drugs can cause both physical and psychological dependence. Once dependent, ceasing the use of the drug will bring on the withdrawal symptoms.
Amytal withdrawal treatment under the supervision of medical personnel can lessen the symptoms of Amytal withdrawal significantly. Treatment consists of a period of detox where the dosage of Amytal is slowly tapered off until the patient's body readjusts to the lack of medication in the system.

Detoxing through tapering has proven successful for weaning patients from Amytal use while avoiding most withdrawal symptoms. The process lowers the level of Amytal dosages given to the patient in daily steps. At each new step, the patient's body adjusts to the new lowered drug amount. By decreasing the drug dosage in small increments each day, the treatment avoids serious withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms may still occur during the tapering process. If the symptoms are of a serious nature, the medical personnel overseeing the detox process may temporarily readjust the dosage to a higher amount to allow the patient more time to acclimate to the dose level before dropping it again. This may extend the treatment process slightly but can avoid the discomfort of withdrawal symptoms. Towards the end of treatment, there may be some minor withdrawal symptoms experienced as the dosage reaches zero.

While tapering can be done on an outpatient basis, it is usually recommended to undergo withdrawal within a detox treatment facility. Detoxing in a treatment facility provides 24-hour supervision and medical care. The supervision can mean the difference between detox success and failure, as the staff can keep the patient undergoing detox from accessing additional doses of Amytal to stave off any mild withdrawal symptoms encountered. This 24-hour care can also be of vital importance to deal with any side effects from the treatment process, including the more serious withdrawal symptoms.

Detoxing, Addiction Treatment Rehab, and Recovery

Amytal Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs, and Detoxification 1Detoxing is only a part of the recovery process. By removing the drug from the patient's system, the detox treatment can deal with the body's physical dependence on the drug use. Handling the psychological dependence requires counseling.
Counseling begins early during the detox period and lasts throughout the process.

During counseling sessions, the patient addresses any issues related to the drug use and the effects of the psychological cravings that result from that use. After detox, counseling will likely continue. This may be done on an outpatient basis with regular visits to the counselor or through an inpatient rehab facility if the patient chooses to continue with rehabilitation treatment after the detox process.

Amytal withdrawal can be achieved successfully with help from a qualified treatment facility. To locate a facility in your area that can provide the assistance you need, call 1-888-935-1318Who Answers?. The call is free, and once you connect, you will be able to speak to staff who can answer any questions you have about Amytal withdrawal or available treatment facilities.

Amytal Information at a Glance
Medication Name, Costs Class of Medicine
  • Generic Name: Amobarbital Sodium
  • Generic Name Variations: Amobarbital
  • Chemical Name: N/A
  • Brand Name: Amytal
  • Brand Name Variations: N/A
  • Cost/Price: $75 per 500 mg
  • Used to Treat Addiction? No
  • Function or Use at Low Dose: Treat sleeping disorders
  • Function or Use at High Dose: N/A
  • Chemical Makeup:
  • System:
  • Duration of Action: Up to 12 hours
Form, Intake and Dosage Interactions and Complications
  • Drug Forms: Capsules, pills, injections
  • Administration Routes: Oral, injected
  • Dosage: 30-50 mg
  • Overdose: More than 500 mg when injected
  • Alcohol Interaction: Strengthen Amytal effects
  • Illicit Drugs: N/A
  • Prescription Medications: Should not be used with other depressants or hypnotics
  • Contraindications: Hypersensitivity, porphyria, impaired liver function, respiratory disease
Effects and Adverse Reactions Substance Abuse
  • Short-Term: Seemingly drunken behavior, slurred speech, impaired breathing,
  • Long-Term: Coma, liver damage, death due to overdose
  • Risk of Substance Abuse: High
  • Signs of Abuse: Signs of depression, irritability, lack of motivation, mood swings
Physiological Problem Signs and Symptoms Dependence and Addiction Issues
  • Withdrawal Syndrome Onset: 12-20 hours after the last dose
  • Withdrawal Symptoms: Anxiety, elevated heart rate and blood pressure, muscle pain, seizures
  • Tolerance: Users can develop tolerance very easily
  • Cross Dependence: N/A
  • Physical Dependence: N/A
  • Psychological Dependence: High
Legal Schedules and Ratings
  • Controlled Substances Act Rating: Schedule IV


Questions and Answers (FAQ)

How Long Do Amytal Withdrawals Last?

The timeline of withdrawals can vary from patient to patient depending on the severity of the addiction. The length of withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from several days to several weeks. Patients should taper off Amytal use under the direction of a professional in order to ease the intensity of these symptoms.

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

Downers, reds, red birds, red devils, seconal, yellowjackets

Are There any Home Remedies for Getting Clean Safely?

There is no known home remedy or alternative medicine designed to stop or relieve the effects of Amytal withdrawal. To ease the severity of symptoms that come with detoxing from the drug, it is important to seek medical help or visit a drug rehabilitation center. If you or a loved one is going through withdrawal, you should look for professional relief right away. The sooner the body is properly detoxed, the sooner a proper recovery process can begin with the help of support groups and other rehabilitation programs

How Long Does it Take to Detox from Amytal?

Detoxification can take up to a month. Detoxing can be made easier and faster if proper medical assistance is sought out. To research your options for a safe and healthy recovery from addiction for you or our loved one, call 1-888-935-1318Who Answers? or visit our locator page. Seeking help as soon as possible can mean all the difference, so call while there is still time.

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