How Long Do Barbiturates Stay in Your System?
- 1. Barbiturate Prescription Facts
- 2. Barbiturate Regulations
- 3. Most Commonly Abused Barbiturates
- 4. How Barbiturates Affect the Brain and Body
- 5. Half-Life of Barbiturates
- 6. Factors That Influence How Long Barbiturates Stay in Your System
- 7. How Long Do Barbiturates Stay in Urine, Hair and Blood
Barbiturates are central nervous system depressants. When someone uses these drugs, they experience lower heart rates, lower blood pressure and depressed breathing. In low doses, someone taking barbiturates may feel pleasantly relaxed. Barbiturates affect skeletal nerves, creating problems with balance, and they slow brain function -which is why people who use these drugs have slurred speech, and unpredictable behavior.
Many of the symptoms of barbiturates are similar to those of being drunk from alcohol. People who frequently abuse barbiturates or use them in high doses may have lung and breathing problems. People who use high doses of barbiturates may also be more likely to experience brain damage and accidental overdose. Long-term effects of barbiturates use can include liver damage and a worsening of existing liver conditions. Heart damage is also possible, as is central nervous system damage.
The length of time that barbiturates remain in urine, hair and blood depend on the specific type of drug used, as well as varying factors like age or individual health. There are many different barbiturates, and each has its own half-life and elimination time. The general standard is that barbiturates can show up in urine for two to four days, and one to two days in the blood. In some cases, barbiturates may be detectable for up to six weeks in urine and up to three months, particularly in hair follicle tests.
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