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Barbiturate Use Disorder

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is barbiturate use disorder?

Barbiturate use disorder is a medical condition that develops from long-term misuse of a barbiturate. You are not able to stop even though the misuse causes physical or social problems. Barbiturate use disorder is also called barbiturate abuse.

What are the signs and symptoms of barbiturate use disorder?

Signs and symptoms include at least 2 of the following in a 12-month period:

How is barbiturate use disorder diagnosed and treated?

Your healthcare provider will ask when you take barbiturates, and how much you take. Blood or urine tests may be used to check the level of barbiturates in your system. The tests can also check for physical problems barbiturates can cause. Healthcare providers can help you make decisions about treatment programs. Treatment may be offered in a hospital, outpatient facility, or drug rehabilitation center. The goal is to help you decrease or stop taking the barbiturate.

What do I need to know about barbiturate safety?

Where can I find support and more information?

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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