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Barbiturate Abuse, Ambulatory Care

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Barbiturate abuse

means you take too much of this medicine, or take it even though you are not supposed to.

Common symptoms include the following:

  • Small doses make you feel drowsy, bold, or drunk
  • Higher doses make you stagger, slur your speech, or be confused
  • Trouble fulfilling work, home, or school responsibilities
  • Doing dangerous activities when you use barbiturates
  • Trouble getting along with others when you use barbiturates

Seek immediate care for the following symptoms:

  • Chest pain, sweating, or breathing problems
  • Feeling that you may hurt or kill yourself or someone else
  • Seizure or passing out
  • Seeing or hearing things that are not there

Treatment for barbiturate abuse:

  • A detox program includes medicine and treatment to reduce withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking barbiturates. You will be in the hospital with close monitoring and care.
  • Your dose will be gradually decreased by your healthcare provider to help prevent withdrawal symptoms.
  • Antianxiety medicine may be given to decrease anxiety and help you feel calm and relaxed.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) may help you change your thinking and behavior. It can help you manage depression and anxiety caused by barbiturate abuse. CBT can help you learn good coping skills and ways to manage stress. CBT can be done with you and a talk therapist or in a group with others.
  • Motivational enhancement therapy may help you change your behavior and stop barbiturate abuse. A therapist or counselor helps motivate you and set goals.
  • Twelve-step facilitation (TSF) is a short, structured approach to reach early recovery from drug abuse. It is done one-to-one in 12 to 15 sessions. Goals of the program include accepting that you have a problem that you need to overcome, and being willing to take certain steps to overcome it.

Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Care Agreement

You have the right to help plan your care. Learn about your health condition and how it may be treated. Discuss treatment options with your caregivers to decide what care you want to receive. You always have the right to refuse treatment. The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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