Signs of Barbiturate Addiction (Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Pentothal)
Barbiturates depress the central nervous system and can result in sedation. View the common symptoms of barbiturate addiction below.
- Disinhibition – A person who abuses barbiturates may be generally bold and have difficulty exercising restraint or being appropriate in social situations. They may also feel somewhat invincible and may put themselves in dangerous situations (like operating machinery at work while impaired) without consideration of the potential consequences.
- Acting “Drunk” – From slurred speech to staggered steps to confusion, a barbiturate addict’s behavior may seem like he or she is drunk.
- Known Use of Uppers – These drugs may be used to counteract the effects of stimulants, helping the person to relax after being in a state of alertness and excitement.
- Headache – Abusers of barbiturates may complain of headaches.
- Onset of Withdrawal – These drugs can quickly cause physical and psychological dependence, even if the patient takes them as the doctor prescribed. Symptoms of withdrawal may begin as soon as 8 hours after the first missed dose and can be dangerous (e.g., convulsions, hypertension, fever).
- Suicide Attempts – Barbiturates have frequently been used in suicide attempts and, for this reason, are not prescribed as often nowadays as they once were.