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Saturday, June 5, 2010

Facts about Barbiturates

Barbiturates, produce a wide spectrum of effects, from mild sedation to total anesthesia. They exert an anxiolytic effect linked to the sedation they cause. The risk of abuse and addiction is very high. Many experts consider these drugs obsolete for treating anxiety but valuable for the short-term treatment of severe insomnia, though only after benzodiazepines or non-benzodiazepines have failed, as these drugs ar less dangerous in overdose. They are still used in general anesthesia, as well as for epilepsy.
Barbiturates in high doses are used for physician-assisted suicide (PAS), and in combination with a muscle relaxant for euthanasia and for capital punishment by lethal injection.

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a barbiturate high gives the user feelings of relaxed contentment and euphoria.

The symptoms of barbiturate intoxication include respiratory depression, lowered blood pressure, fatigue, fever, unusual excitement, irritability, dizziness, poor concentration, sedation, confusion, impaired coordination, impaired judgment, addiction, and respiratory arrest, which may lead to death.

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