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A barbiturate anticonvulsant/hypnotic drug called Luminal (phenobarbital) is commonly prescribed for use in the treatment of conditions in which tension, anxiety and fear are significant symptoms, and it is also used for the treatment of certain types of seizures. It works on the user’s central nervous system (CNS) by regulating levels of abnormal electrical activity. This regulation then slows down brain functions that control voluntary actions of the individual.

Luminal is usually prescribed for a short-term, up to two weeks. Occasionally this can be extended but the efficacy of the drug has been shown to diminish when used more frequently. This sometimes causes the person to start taking more of the drug – hoping to achieve the same effects as felt at the beginning of taking the medication. Caution needs to be heeded as this can lead to an addiction to Luminal.
Additionally, suddenly stopping use of Luminal can bring on withdrawal side effects, and many can be serious. Side effects can include hallucinations, insomnia, anxiety, twitching and others. Physicians recommend discontinuation of Luminal use be tapered and monitored to avoid onset of these side effects.

There is a potential for Luminal to cause an overdose. Signs of an overdose to Luminal are uncontrolled eye movement, decreased body temperature, changes in pupil size, deep sleep, cold and clammy skin, slowed breathing, loss of coordination, blood pressure inconsistencies, and decreased heart rate.

If you or somebody you know has become reliant on using Luminal or is reluctant to stop misusing it, we can provide help to break this cycle. To learn more, check out the related topics provided or contact a representative at The Recovery Village.


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Mixing Luminal and AlcoholIt absolutely not safe to mix alcohol with Luminal. When someone mixes alcohol and Luminal, they may seem to be incredibly drunk, even after only having small drink.