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Phenobarbital: Side Effects, Safety & Dangers
Apr 21, 2017

Barbiturates are central nervous system depressants that were originally designed to treat anxiety, anxiety disorders, and seizures. Their list of potential medicinal uses also includes assisting with the treatment of insomnia, acting as a preanesthetic drug to relax individuals before anesthesia is administered, and assisting in withdrawal from alcohol and even other benzodiazepines. They are […]

What Is Phenobarbital Abuse?
Apr 21, 2017

Their primary mechanism of action is to increase the efficiency and availability of the inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). When activated, this neurotransmitter has the effect of inhibiting the firing of other neurons in the central nervous system. Barbiturates were once the primary medications used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and issues with anxiety; […]

What Are the Side Effects of Barbiturates?
Apr 18, 2017

Barbiturates are a class of drugs developed from barbituric acid. This acid has no medicinal value on its own, but drugs derived from it can increase the action of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA is a neurotransmitter that can affect nerve cell activity in the brain. Barbiturates are depressant drugs that slow down the central nervous […]

Barbiturate Overdose: Symptoms, Effects, and Risks
Apr 17, 2017

What are barbiturates? Barbiturates are a group of sedative-hypnotic drugs that can treat seizure disorder, neonatal withdrawal, insomnia, preoperative anxiety, and induction of a coma for increased intracranial pressure (ICP); and can even be used for anesthesia.1 As is the case with most substances with similar effects, barbiturates see illegal use and abuse throughout the United […]

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