My doctor prescribed me belladonna for irritable bowel syndrom and it is a barbituate and I'm afraid of getting addicted. Do I have to worry about becoming addicted?
8 Nov 2011
Hello judybudy. I understand your concern. But, I would think that the amount of time you be taking belladonna, along with doseage is a player of sorts. Many of the drugs today can and are known to be addictive. If, you are using it according to your doctors directions, I think you should be fine. Best wishes to you,
8 Nov 2011
Hi Judybudy... the drugs you have listed above... are you taking a combination of the four listed or are you taking them separately. The drugs you have listed in combination are known to help treat a spastic colon due to IBS and they do work well.
To answer your question... belladonna drugs are not addictive. Atropine is considered a belladonna alkaloid... belladonna meaning "pretty lady" due to the fact that it causes dilation of the ils thus making one's eyes appear bigger, makes them darker due to illary dilation, and therfore more beautiful. This illary dilation is due to it's effects on the parasympathetic anticholinergic effect of the autonomic nervous system. The effects on the bowels through the same mechanism (parasympathetic anti-muscarinic) of the autonomic nervous system which helps with the spasms... it is in effect an antispasmodic for the bowel. Such is also true of the scopolamine which is a tropane alkaloid... which is also the hycosine (hycosamine). And of course, the phenobarbital is a barbiturate which in the doses that are prescribed for this treatment is in no way a problem as far as addiction goes.
Sorry to go into so much detail... I just think it helps to understand some of this stuff sometimes. Our autonomic nervous system is really our "involuntary nervous system" which we have no control over... the sympathetic portion is the fight or flight part which in effect reacts to stressors by stimulating our bodies to fight or flight. The other portion, the parasympathetic is the opposite of the sympathetic responsible for slowing our bodily processes down, hence this is why the drugs u r taking are of this type from this part of the autonomic nervous system.
Anyway... this answer is way more than for what u bargained!! Sorry!!
No... belladonna alkaloids are not addictive... don't worry and I hope that you feel better... sincerely...
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