Barbiturates


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Term: Barbiturates
Definition (Myers): drugs that depress the activity of the central nervous system, reducing anxiety but impairing memory and judgment.
Definition (alternative):
Barbiturates are a group of drugs used by doctors to treat patients who are suffering from anxiety or who are having trouble sleeping. Some examples of barbiturates are Seconal®, Nembutal®, Amytal® and Tuinal®. Street names for barbiturates include “reds,” “red devils,” “yellow jackets,” “blue heavens,” “Christmas trees” and “rainbows.” http://www.aadac.com/124_709.asp
Contextual explanation: Also called pink ladies and red-devils, Barbiturates are drugs that has the similar effects of alcohol. Barbiturates also have similar effects with tranquilizers since both are downers. Barbiturates reduce the activity in the CNS(Central Nervous System) which depresses the sympathetic nervous system activity. Sometimes, both tranquilizers and barbiturates are used as sleeping pills or to reduce anxiety, however, barbiturates have a stronger effect. Barbiturates are stronger and more dangerous when it is abused in one's body. It is easier to build up tolerance on barbiturates, therefore, people have to abuse more to get the same effect as time goes by. High doses of barbiturates are extremely deadly; the use of barbiturates can lead to liver damage and blood problems. Also, they can affect memory, judgment, or cause depression, anger, mood swings, and extreme tiredness.
Related terms and concepts:
Opiates
Tolerance
Withdrawal
Psychological Dependence
Depressants
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