Mixing Alcohol and Nembutal (Pentobarbital) Side Effects, Interactions and Blackouts

Nembutal is a brand-name barbiturate drug, also known by the generic name pentobarbital. The history of barbiturates goes back to the beginning of the 1900s. For many decades, barbiturates were given to people without reservation for treating everything from insomnia to anxiety. It wasn’t uncommon for doctors to prescribe these drugs without realizing the risk of addiction and overdose. As the risks started to surface, doctors moved toward prescribing safer benzodiazepines instead. Despite the known risks of barbiturates, they are still used in some situations today. Because Nembutal is especially dangerous, it’s usually only given to patients in hospital settings. It can be given intravenously in specific situations, such as before a procedure or after a brain injury.

The United States and other countries have worked to make Nembutal difficult to obtain. However, that hasn’t stopped the use and abuse of this potent barbiturate. Nembutal can be diverted from medical use, including veterinary medicine. Nembutal is a drug that’s used by people who want to end their lives peacefully, so there are certain places where the drug is available for that specific use. Nembutal can also be purchased on the black market and there are even illegal websites that sell it.

People may abuse barbiturates like Nembutal for different reasons. Nembutal and other barbiturates are central nervous system depressants. When they are taken in relatively low doses, they can create feelings of euphoria, pleasant relaxation, loss of inhibition and drowsiness. People who enjoy these effects abuse Nembutal and often combine the drug with other substances. For example, someone abusing Nembutal might combine the drug with alcohol in order to heighten the effects of each substance. Additionally, people sometimes abuse barbiturates in order to come down from illicit stimulants like cocaine. What some people fail to realize is how dangerous Nembutal is -both on its own and when it is combined with other substances.

There are many risks associated with mixing alcohol and Nembutal. First, both barbiturates and alcohol affect GABA receptors in the brain. In doing so, they slow down activity in the central nervous system. The central nervous system controls essential functions, including breathing and the heart rate. When people combine alcohol and Nembutal, they put themselves at a very high risk of overdosing because their heart and lungs slow down so much. Even on its own, Nembutal is a deadly drug. The difference between a therapeutic dose of Nembutal and a fatal one is often minuscule. The potential for fatality associated with Nembutal is why this drug is so often used in assisted suicide and administering the death penalty. When alcohol is combined with Nembutal, that risk grows tremendously.

Mixing alcohol and Nembutal leads to extreme intoxication. A person who has consumed both of these substances would seem to be incredibly drunk and would be at a high risk of putting themselves or others in danger. Someone who mixes alcohol and Nembutal could lose consciousness, slip into a coma or choke on their own vomit. Because alcohol impairs judgment, people who drink and then take Nembutal may accidentally overdose as well. Complications of an overdose involving alcohol and Nembutal can include pneumonia, congestive heart failure and renal failure.

Mixing alcohol and Nembutal can be deadly. Nembutal on its own is a powerful, toxic barbiturate that is used as a form of euthanasia in humans and animals. Mixing it with alcohol only amplifies the drug’s effects. If someone is abusing both alcohol and Nembutal, they will need to undergo a carefully supervised medical detox. Both substances can lead to deadly withdrawal symptoms when someone tries to stop using them on their own. A person who struggles with a polysubstance addiction to alcohol and Nembutal will benefit from an intensive addiction treatment program, following a medical detox.

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