Barbiturates Withdrawal and Effects

The most common side effects associated with Barbiturates are drowsiness, relaxation and nausea. However, side effects of these drugs have also included:

•             Low blood pressure (hypotension)

•             Sedation

•             Slow breathing

•             Confusion

•             Fainting

•             Hallucinations

•             Coma

•             Memory issues

•             Respiratory arrest and death

It’s easy for one to build a tolerance, and eventually a dependence, when taking a barbiturate over time. In order to avoid withdrawal symptoms, people will take greater amounts of barbiturates, putting themselves at greater risk for an overdose.

Signs of withdrawal symptoms include:

•             Restlessness

•             Anxiety

•             Insomnia

•             Stomach cramping

•             Vomiting

•             Thoughts of suicide

•             Hallucinations

It’s important to emphasize the level of danger when someone is suffering from barbiturate withdrawal. As high as 75 percent of people withdrawing from barbiturates may have one or more seizures. Furthermore, individuals will experience confusion, elevated body temperature and up to 66 percent of people will experience delirium for several days (Brazier, 2018). Withdrawal from barbiturates can be fatal. Therefore, it’s imperative to follow a medically approved drug detox plan that is managed by a team of licensed medical professionals in a facility that is staffed 24/7. If not followed correctly, the outcome can be devastating.

Barbiturate for Treatment

Daylight Recovery Center is well-versed with implementing industry leading drug treatment protocols. We provide a safe and calming space that fosters a healing environment for our patients. The detox process for barbiturates can be very uncomfortable; thus, our caring and compassionate team is here to help patients through this difficult time. You will receive a personalized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Cookie-cutter protocols are frowned upon, as we understand that each person is going through their own journey. What may work for one person may not work for another. Other detox facilities follow a set protocol for all patients, and while this may work for them, our team believes that a drug treatment plan designed specifically for each individual patient results in healthier results in the long run. After the detox process, patients will move on to our residential treatment. During this time, our patients are empowered and taught healthy habits that they can take with them once they complete their rehabilitative treatment. As a Nationally recognized substance abuse treatment center, Daylight Recovery Center believes that in order to fully recover from a barbiturates addiction, the patient must focus on his/her entire mind, body and spirit. Our goal is to help patients move past a life of drug dependence and transition to a rewarding life free from the restrictions of drug addiction.

Brazier, Y. (2018, June 25) Everything you need to know about barbiturates. Retrieved from