Barbiturates Drug Test
About Barbiturates Drug Test
Barbiturates are central nervous system depressants. They calm down a person and sometimes make the person sleepy. For this reason, they are often used to help a patient relax prior to surgery. They are also used to control seizures, to treat nervousness, and to help a person sleep better. Barbiturates are legally available only by prescription, but are also a commonly abused type of drug. Health Street’s barbiturates drug test can detect usage in the urine (up to a week back) or the hair (approximately 90 days back). Barbiturates are included in all 9 panel or higher tests.
Barbital, a medication commonly known as Veronal or Medinal, is prescribed to reduce and control seizures. It may or may not be used in combination with other medications. It's also sometimes prescribed for up to two weeks to help someone sleep if they are experiencing anxiety. Secobarbital is another type of barbiturate used primarily to make a patient sleepy prior to surgery, but is also prescribed to treat insomnia.
How Barbiturates Are UsedMost people use barbiturates to control seizures, to deal with extreme anxiety, or for short-term sleep issues (including helping a patient sleep for surgery), but some people start abusing the drugs. Because of the calming effect the drugs have on people, legal use can easily lead to illegal abuse. This is done by using the drug more often than needed, taking more of the drug than needed, taking the drug after it is no longer needed, or taking someone else's prescription. Once addicted, people purchase these pills on the black market from drug dealers.
Side EffectsBarbiturate abuse is dangerous, and in the worst cases can lead to a coma or even death. It is important to know the side effects of these drugs, which include:
- Muscle pain
- Sore throat
- Chest pain
- Skin problems such as rashes or hives
- Bleeding sores on lips
- Swollen eye lids, lips, or face
- Sores or white spots in mouth
More Severe Symptoms of Barbiturates
- Difficulty thinking
- Faulty judgment
- Severe confusion
- Lack of coordination
- Slowness of speech or slurred speech
- Memory loss
- Slowed heart rate
- Signs of Abuse