Secobarbital, which is also known under the brand name Seconal, is a powerful barbiturate that treats epilepsy and insomnia. Secobarbital is also sometimes used to treat anxiety and cause sedation in pre-surgical settings. In states where assisted suicide is legal, secobarbital is one of a cocktail of drugs.
Secobarbital is a controlled substance, causes tolerance and physical dependency, and is extremely addictive. Taking too much secobarbital — or combining secobarbital with another substance such as alcohol — can end in fatal overdose.
Barbiturates are sedatives that do not kill pain. There is a long list of adverse side effects caused by secobarbital, even when used precisely as directed. Withdrawing from secobarbital is extremely difficult, especially following abuse.
Secobarbital Side Effects
Secobarbital releases strong brain chemicals that induce sedation and slow breath and heartbeat. If you take secobarbital, then you have probably noticed that you feel tired, dizzy, a little confused, nauseous and otherwise impaired.
Continuing to take secobarbital means you have to keep increasing your dose, because the brain develops a tolerance to its effects. It also means your brain is becoming dependent on the drug to release normal amounts of chemicals. Without secobarbital, you will feel intense withdrawal effects.
How serious your secobarbital withdrawal effects are depends on how much and how often you take the drug. The more you take — and especially if you combine it with another substance such as alcohol — the worse you can expect the withdrawal to be.
Seconal withdrawal feels like an extremely severe case of the stomach flu, accompanied by symptoms such as seizures, tremors, anxiety, cravings and insomnia. Do not try to quit using secobarbital alone, since the risk of fatal overdose increases during withdrawal.
Secobarbital has been blamed in the death of Judy Garland. It was also the “Doll” in the novel “Valley of the Dolls.” Barbiturates such as secobarbital are less common today because of the popularity of benzodiazepines such as Xanax. Nevertheless, they are still as dangerous as they were many decades ago.
Am I Addicted to Secobarbital
Secobarbital addiction makes clear thinking and decision making nearly impossible. Even in the most severe addiction cases, it can be difficult to believe that you might have a substance abuse problem. If you’re not sure, ask yourself:
- Am I preoccupied with finding more secobarbital?
- Do I steal secobarbital from someone who really needs it?
- Do I combine secobarbital with other drugs or alcohol to get a stronger high?
- Do I count on secobarbital just to get through the day?
- Am I experiencing worsening problems with money, my reputation, my career, or my family and friends?
- Do I hide or lie to others about how much I use?
- Do I suffer from withdrawal when I try to quit?
If the answers to any of these questions describe your lifestyle, then it’s time to get help.
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