Nembutal Addiction & Abuse

Nembutal is a brand name, prescription drug. The generic name of Nembutal is pentobarbital. Pentobarbital is classified as a barbiturate. Nembutal is a short-acting drug that has sedative properties and is used to treat specific conditions. For example, it can be used prior to anesthesia or to control convulsions in emergency situations. Pentobarbital can also be used to help treat certain symptoms of Reye’s syndrome and traumatic brain injuries. Pentobarbital is used as a substitute drug for capital punishment when other options aren’t available, and it is also used in veterinary medicine. As with other barbiturates, Nembutal slows down brain and central nervous system activity. The result symptoms are drowsiness and sedation.

Drugs from this barbiturate drug class are no longer commonly prescribed; however, for decades these drugs were frequently given to patients. Barbiturate abuse was at an all-time high in the 1950s. Since then, the number of abuse cases has gone down significantly. Unfortunately, while overall use and abuse of barbiturates has gone down, there has been a resurgence in the recreational abuse of barbiturates in recent years. Nembutal and other barbiturates are highly addictive and can lead to dependence. It’s difficult to get Nembutal in the United States since the drug is usually only administered in medical settings. Nembutal can also be smuggled into the U.S. from other countries and people purchase it from black market online pharmacies as well.

Nembutal is available in two dosage strengths. There is a 50 mg pill and a 100 mg pill. Nembutal sodium 50 mg is orange and white. Nembutal 100 mg is yellow. Nembutal 50 mg is imprinted with “CF.” Nembutal 100 mg is imprinted with an “A” and a “CH.” Nembutal can also be injected when it is in a liquid form. That’s why the capsule forms are specifically referred to as Nembutal sodium and the injectable form is Nembutal sodium solution.
Because Nembutal is a barbiturate, it is considered to be very addictive. These drugs are non-selective activators of GABA receptors in the brain. GABA is a neurotransmitter that calms brain activity. When someone uses Nembutal, it can make them feel relaxed, very drowsy, and it is also possible that they experience pleasant feelings or a sense of euphoria. These desirable effects can contribute to a reward response in the brain, leading to dependence and addiction. In the 1950s, the highly addictive properties of barbiturates began to surface. As a result, doctors prescribed less of them and replaced their use with safer benzodiazepine drugs.

Along with being very addictive, Nembutal can also lead to physical dependence. When someone is dependent upon Nembutal and they suddenly stop using it, they will experience withdrawal symptoms. Barbiturate withdrawal symptoms can be severe or deadly and even include seizures. Nembutal also carries a high risk of overdose. When people use and abuse barbiturates, they are at risk of accidental overdose -particularly since the body develops a tolerance to this drug quite quickly.

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