Signs, Symptoms and Side Effects of Nembutal Abuse

Nembutal is a barbiturate drug that is prescribed to treat insomnia. It is also used before surgery as a sedative. Nembutal may also be used to treat seizures as part of emergency care. Barbiturates like Nembutal work by stimulating the GABA neurotransmitter in the brain. GABA is an inhibitor. When barbiturates take effect in the body, the effects of GABA are increased -which is why patients will feel sleepy, sedated and relaxed. Barbiturates are highly addictive. Because of their potential for addiction and physical dependence, barbiturates are rarely prescribed. Benzodiazepines are a more popular treatment option because they have fewer risks and side effects than barbiturates.

Any time someone is using a prescription drug like Nembutal in any way other than as instructed by a doctor or medical professional, it’s considered to be abuse. Signs of Nembutal abuse can include taking the drug without a prescription or purchasing it illegally. Other signs of Nembutal abuse can be taking larger doses than prescribed, taking it more often than prescribed, or combining it with other drugs or substances. People will often abuse barbiturates in order to come down from the effects of stimulant drugs like cocaine.

Nembutal is a central nervous system depressant. When someone uses it, they will feel drowsy or sedated. When taken in low doses, a person may feel pleasantly relaxed. In some cases, people can also feel euphoria when they’re abusing Nembutal. Other symptoms of Nembutal abuse include changes in mood or behavior, impaired memory and cognition, and coordination problems. Lethargy may occur as well.
When it’s abused, Nembutal can be a very dangerous drug that affects a person’s physical and mental health. Some of the side effects of Nembutal abuse can include hypotension, bradycardia, musculoskeletal and joint pains, and hypersensitivity. The biggest risks associated with Nembutal are addiction, dependence and overdose. The more someone abuses Nembutal, the more likely they are to become addicted and physically dependent. The risk of an overdose is high with all barbiturates, including Nembutal. The more someone abuses Nembutal, the larger the doses they are likely to take
Nembutal abuse and addiction are two separate concepts, but abuse often leads to addiction. Nembutal addiction means someone has a brain disease and the primary sign of addiction is compulsive drug seeking and use. When someone suffers from an addiction to Nembutal or any other drug, it affects every area of their life including their thinking, their physical health and body functions, and their behavior. Nembutal addiction occurs because of the brain’s repeated exposure to the substance. This exposure ultimately changes the brain’s pathways and wiring, leading to the development of addiction. The changes that Nembutal can cause in the brain can last well beyond the sense of sedation, relaxation or euphoria the drug temporarily creates. Signs of Nembutal addiction can include:

  • Trying to stop using Nembutal and being unsuccessful
  • Spending an enormous amount of time trying to get more Nembutal or continue using it
  • Psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, depression or anxiety
  • Withdrawing from loved ones
  • Declining performance at work or school
  • Continuing to use Nembutal even when the consequences are negative
  • A lack of self-control and judgment
  • Putting oneself in risky situations -either because of being high on Nembutal or in an attempt to get more of the drug
Long-term barbiturate abuse is dangerous. Along with the risk of addiction, dependence and overdose, Nembutal is associated with cardiovascular problems when it’s used for long periods of time. Other reported Nembutal long-term effects include:

  • Liver failure
  • Hypocalcemia
  • Anemia
  • Increased risk of malignant cancers including lung cancer and liver cancer
  • Memory and cognitive issues

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