Seconal – FAQ

For nearly 80 years, Seconal (secobarbital) has been on the market and has, by and large, been used for the treatment of insomnia – a condition that sees a person having trouble falling asleep or maintaining sleep through an entire night. In more recent years, it has been used for terminally ill people who wish to prematurely end their life.

Seconal is a barbiturate depressant drug that affects the central nervous system (CNS). When used as directed, its purpose is to cause drowsiness and allow a person to sleep soundly. Typically drugs such as Seconal are prescribed to be taken for no more than two weeks. Efficacy of the drug can wane after two weeks causing users to seek more of the drug. If they are given further prescriptions, they are likely to develop a tolerance to Seconal and then find they have grown a dependence on the drug. With dependence there is usually a good chance of becoming addicted.

Barbiturates like Seconal are frequently abused with addiction being the outcome. In the 1970s, this drug was widely prescribed, and people found ways to enhance the drug for recreational purposes. “Red dolls,” as the pill was called, would be ground up, mixed with water or alcohol, then injected to achieve a mental state like being drunk – but better, or it was used as a counter remedy for insomnia brought on by abusing methamphetamine or heroin. Unfortunately, this abuse of Seconal is making a comeback.

Seconal works on the body by altering brain functions, depressing the sensory cortex, and decreasing motor activity. The results for the user can be sedation, sleep, coma, and even death.

Misuse of Seconal is serious and needs to be addressed properly and with the help of professionals. If you or someone you know is struggling with Seconal addiction, The Recovery Village can help. Just call the confidential, toll-free hotline to speak with a specialist to learn more about treatment options.